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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines


This book definitely made Rush Finlay my favorite bad boy book boyfriend. He is a super sexy, rich, tattooed rocker's son with the family from hell and nothing being off limits to him. No woman ever tells him no, so when he meets his "stepsister" Blair and the only thing she wants from him is a place to sleep, he doesn't know exactly how to handle that- or her. 

Blair has left the only home she's ever known when her dear mother dies from a prolonged illness and she is forced to turn to the parent that has never been there for her when she needed him. 

Blair and Rush's love affair is one of the best I have ever read, although at times it is so frustrating I just want to scream. I read this book in less than six hours- it was so good it just pulls you straight in and keeps you there wanting to know what happens next.

I absolutely adored everything about this book- the storyline, the characters, the ending- I found no fault in this book whatsoever and would recommend it to anyone that likes a good old romance with a tattooed hottie. <3 Kellie 


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Finding Faith by Ysabel Wilde


We were privileged enough to be given an ARC by the author of this book and have read it before it has even been released- set date of May 1st. I was a little disappointed when I saw it was only 171 pages, thinking the story was going to be rushed or leave us hanging wishing there was more. Imagine my surprise when I finished to find there will be a second part to the story in September 2013 called Keeping Faith, so YAY for that. 

Anyone that knows me knows that I have a major "thing" for firemen, so the main character, John, being a fireman was a major "woo hoo" moment for me. He is a man with a sad past and throughout the story I found myself wanting to hug him a lot. Faith was the woman he lost seven years ago and always wanted to find again, and then he did. Faith is a woman with much heartbreak and hurt in her past and finding John again is the last thing she wanted or expected to happen. 



Although parts of this book have repetitive language that could be a little annoying, Fifty Shades of Grey had the same problem, and in neither case was it bad enough to make you want to stop reading. For a first novel I think Ysabel Wilde did a great job with this story, making it her own without needing to take anything from any other story to make this something you'll want to read- it is uniquely different and I loved that about this book. No one was rich or an innocent virgin, and I found myself glad for something more real in a book I was reading. "Dr. Dickhead" as he'll come to be known to you, is the resident villain and Grace the best friend that will kick some ass if anyone pushes her too far. I enjoyed the book immensely and when you read it I think you will as well. <3 Kellie 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Interview with Sophie Monroe, Author of Battlescars


Interview with the Author: Sophie Monroe, Battlescars





1.Who inspired you to become a writer? At what age did you know that is what you wanted to do?

I would say my Grammy was the one that inspired me to write. She was always making me story books when I was little and I still have all of them. She’s completely over the moon that I’m writing, though I think she’d have a heart attack if she actually read one of my books, but she’s proud nonetheless.

As far as the age thing I guess since I was little because I would always take picture books and make up my own extravagant stories then one day last year I just had an idea so I decided to sit down and put it on paper before long I had a book and things really just kept flowing from there…

2. Whose work do you admire and/or enjoy reading yourself the most?
Since I’m a book junkie I admire anyone who can make a good story. I like romance, paranormal, suspense, pretty much anything that I can get my hands on. 

3. Are the characters in Battlescars based on real people in your life now or the past? Or are they purely fictional straight from your imagination?
I really wish I had some really cool story to tell you but they’re mostly fiction with some qualities of people I know in real life I guess. When I was younger I had a lot of friends in bands and for as long as I can remember I’ve been obsessed with music. When other kids were planning on marrying a Backstreet boy I wanted to marry Kurt Cobain so writing a rock and roll book just seemed fitting. I will say that a lot of the stuff that Aubrey’s dad does/says is definitely something my dad would do/say.

4. If you were NOT a writer, what would you be doing?
I’m not sure. I’ve tossed lots of ideas around through the years but most likely something creative. I’m obsessed with all things fashion and interior design so probably something along those lines. Or working for Rolling Stone, I’d do that in a heartbeat.

5. What can your fans look forward to in the coming months/years from Sophie Monroe?
Who knows what the future holds, but for right now I’m looking forward to giving you guys as many kickass books as possible. I have a couple ideas down on paper but they’re on the back burner until I’m finished with Afflicted and from there the possibilities are endless.

6. Are Battlescars and Afflicted the end of the line for the characters featured in these two books?
I haven’t decided yet. I’m debating giving Derek his own book but I guess I’ll just have to see as Afflicted progresses if something comes up that would make him have is own story so for now we’ll leave that open. I started Undone a while back, which is about 1/3 way done so I’ll probably finish that before I work on another Battlescars book if I decide to do one.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Fifty Shades Trilogy by EL James Reviews:

Fifty Shades of Grey:

This book was my second favorite of the trilogy but I really loved it.....for the most part. Twenty-one year old virgin with no past Anastasia Steele was a little whiny, weepy and emotional for me, as I tend to be drawn toward stronger, more relatable female characters. I did envy her ability to completely change a man who was shut off from all emotional attachments to women into a man who could not live without her in just a matter of months.
Christian Grey is the ideal male character for women to completely fall in love with and want to smack the shit out of at the same time. In the end though, Mr. Grey is a keeper- no doubt about it. Sometimes this book's dialogue left something to be desired and the repetition of certain phrases could be unnerving, but the story pulls you in and keeps you there throughout. I definitely could have lived without the Inner Goddess and the Subconscious but for some they are a welcome distraction from the heavy emotion of some scenes in the book. The emails? BEST part of the entire series, by far.

Fifty Shades Darker:

The second book in this trilogy was the best in my opinion. It gave us background into the lives of both Christian and Ana, allowed us in to more of their love story and less of the constant sex, and the writing in this story was much better than the first book. There was drama, suspense, the addition of the drama that IS Mrs. Robinson and made us fall in love with Christian again and again....and then want to kill him for Ana when he kept messing up. LOVED this book!

Fifty Shades Freed:

This one was somewhat of a disappointment to me. It felt very rushed and while some parts were discussed in so much detail it became a bore,
others that you want so much more of are skimmed over without so much as a second mention. Although the end wraps up with a pretty little bow and a happily ever after for Christian and Ana, I think this book could have been developed much better to give a more well-rounded story to the reader. I would still recommend this series to anyone that wants a great love story and some red room of pain action. ;) 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review of Out of the Wreckage by Amy Cox

Review of Out of the Wreckage by Amy Cox









Out of the Wreckage was a short story that I was so sad to see end. It is a great read, very quick but wraps up nicely so you get the happily ever after you are looking for while reading. Drea is a chef in New York who is called home when her Grandma Ruthie needs her help. It is a given for her to return to get her childhood home and store back on track after they start to fall into disrepair in the ten years since she left after a tragic accident killed her mother. Drea never expects to meet Nate when she gets there and what they come to mean to one another in such a short time, and what her Grams orchard does to bring them together is something you will love when reading this story. I loved it. I only wish there had been more! 

Review of Battlescars by Sophie Monroe


Review of Battlescars by Sophie Monroe







THIS BOOK ROCKED! AND I AM NOT JUST SAYING THAT BECAUSE SHE IS MY AWESOME FRIEND. I READ THIS BOOK BEFORE THAT WAS THE CASE AND SHE WAS JUST A VISITOR ON THE PAGE.
BATTLESCARS IS WRITTEN IN THE POV OF BOTH MAIN CHARACTERS, WHICH I LOVED. A LOT OF TIMES BOOKS ARE WRITTEN FROM JUST ONE CHARACTER'S POV AND YOU ARE LEFT WONDERING WHAT THE OTHER PERSON IS THINKING IN SITUATIONS THROUGHOUT THE STORY- I LIKED THAT WE WERE LET INTO THE MIND AND EMOTIONS OF BOTH AUBREY AND JAKE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. VERY REFRESHING.

THIS BOOK WAS A QUICK AND ENTERTAINING READ, WITH AUBREY BEING A DAMAGED BUT NOT RUINED, STRONG WOMAN WITH A SHARP TONGUE AND A GREAT FAMILY THAT YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH. JAKE IS A BAD BOY ROCKER WHO HAS JUST STARTED TO COME INTO HIS FAME AND HAS GROWN TIRED OF THE ROADIE BAD BOY LIFE AND FALLS HARD AND FAST FOR AUBREY. WITH HIS TATTOOS, PIERCINGS AND MOHAWK YOU MAY THINK HE'S TOO BAD BOY TO BE ROMANTIC AND YOU WON'T FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM BUT YOU WILL. BY THE END HE WILL BE ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOK BOYFRIENDS. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. 

SOPHIE IS CURRENTLY WRITING AFFLICTED WHICH IS A CONTINUATION OF BATTLESCARS IN THE SENSE THAT IT IS ABOUT CHARACTERS FROM THAT BOOK- AUBREY'S BEST FRIEND PIPER AND JAKE'S BEST FRIEND BLAKE. ALTHOUGH AFFLICTED'S FOCUS WILL NOT BE ON JAKE AND AUBREY, THE RETURN OF THEM AND SOME OTHER GREAT CHARACTERS FROM BATTLESCARS MAKE ME SUPER EXCITED FOR ITS RELEASE LATER THIS SUMMER. SO STAY TUNED! 


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Why We Are Here
April 16, 2013




So we decided to start a blog as a place to put reviews of the books we have read and add little 
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For those of you who do not know us, I am Kellie and I am a single mom of two girls who lives in Houston, Texas. I work full-time and read a million hours a week so I have no social life or husband. Hahaha! Just kidding, I have great friends and family support and am happily single as a choice not a curse. The other ladies on the page are Amy, married mom of three children, who lives in Wales, UK. She is also an Admin on the pages Christian Grey Fans for Jessie Pavelka and The Search for Gideon Cross. She is an avid reader and a huge contributor to the page as our Book of the Week creator and manager. Sarah also lives in the UK and is a mother of one daughter. She is beta reading and is our Book Recommendations album creator and full time contributor. She is also Admin at the CGFforJP and SforGC pages with Amy. Fourth but never last is Wonder Woman, Margie, who is in Texas with me and is an Admin of the Christian Grey Fan Page, a Rememberance Trilogy page and the Professor Gabriel O. Emerson Fan Page, a full-time librarian, student and mother.....as well as member of several book clubs and organizations. She literally does it ALL. Her major contribution to the page is her awesome advise and tips on what to do to improve the page and bring more people to it. Love all these ladies to death! 

Although every day it seems a new page pops up using "Fictional Boyfriend" or some form of "Book Whore" in their title, we hope that we set ourselves apart by being the first with the format we have, giving you a Book of the Week, a Book Recommendation Album, #TattooTuesday, and much more that other pages do not have or cannot duplicate to our success. Not bragging, just saying, we have grown at the pace that we have by being different or FIRST at many things that are offered on our page. At first we were a little insulted that some of our "friends" made pages that attempt to compete with ours, but soon came to realize that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? So now we just focus on our page and bringing you what WE can to keep you coming back to us every day for something new and fresh. So thank you all for being with us and helping us reach almost 7,000 likes in under 90 days. You all make coming on the page every day a total blast to do.