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Book Review – Seeking Her

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Title: Seeking Her [Losing it 3.5]

Author: Cora Carmack

Genre: Romance

Length: 160

Rating: 2 Star

Series Review: 11.5, 2, 3, 3.5

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Description/Synopsis:

A few months after being honorably discharged from the military, Jackson Hunt is still struggling to adjust back to the real world. He needs to get a job and find a sense of normalcy if he’s going to keep his own demons at bay. The job that falls into his lap, though, is anything but normal.

Bodyguard (and baby-sitter) to spoiled-rich-girl Kelsey Summers isn’t exactly what he’d been looking for, but it’s a chance to travel, to get away from the home that has felt stifling ever since his return. It would be a pretty sweet gig if it weren’t for the fact that Kelsey’s father doesn’t want Kelsey to know she’s being followed. Hunt feels guilty (and a little bit creepy) as he watches her from afar. She’s vibrant and infuriating, exciting and reckless, mysterious and familiar. When he sees her falling into the same patterns that he suffered years ago, he decides it’s time to stop watching and help her instead. But getting to know her is more difficult than he thought, especially because the more he knows her, the more he wants her.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book was really really pointless.

We see things from Jackson’s point of view in this book and it didn’t bring me anything to love about the story. If anything it just made me live the things I hated from the first one again.

For example, in Finding It she forces him to have a drink despite the fact that he was a recovering alcoholic and he didn’t put up enough of a fight to get her to stop. He didn’t even tell her that was why he couldn’t drink! Just so so stupid.

It also ended in the very worst spot for his story to end. I was expecting it to end when they started to fall in love because there is nothing there we really needed to live through his perspective, however it chose to end just before the one spot where it could have added something to the story.

In Finding It Kelsey gets her drink drugged and Jackson takes her back to his room so that nothing bad happens to her. She then begs him to stay the night and be there when she wakes up because she didn’t want to wake up thinking that she had been raped again and he tells her that he will be there. However, he leaves as soon as she falls asleep and we never get an explanation, not even a bad excuse, as to why he chose to leave. It wouldn’t have blown his cover or anything for him to explain what the hell happened!

It is just before this moment, the one moment where there was actually something I wanted an answer to that the book chose to end. It made me so angry.

So there, stay away from this one unless you want to read something pointless and infuriating.

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – Finding It

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Title: Finding It [Losing it 3]

Author: Cora Carmack

Genre: Romance

Length: 320

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 11.5, 2, 3, 3.5

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Description/Synopsis:

Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong…

Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She’s having the time of her life . . . or that’s what she keeps telling herself.

It’s a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you’re afraid you won’t like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey’s loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey’s mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Better than the last not as good as the first.

I really liked the characters in this book. I am just going to say now that after reading the last book a lot of things would seem good so I don’t know if that had heaps to do with it, but I liked it anyway.

The idea of this mystery guy from the army was a really sexy kind of thought. Their love developed at a good pace, starting off slow and building from there; at the same time though it was because Kelsey is a really pushy character with a past paced life with lots of drinking and partying. That being said I think Kelsey let Jackson get away with way too much. I mean, who doesn’t question those kind of things? He just pops up all the time wherever she is without planning and he doesn’t explain anything about anything.

I thought the fact that Kelsey being raped or what ever exactly happened to her felt a bit forced. To me it felt like it didn’t matter so much and was put into the story to try and give her character something deep when there isn’t really anything all that deep about Kelsey. It might have been better if it was presented in a different way.

It was soo depressing when the truth about how and why they met finally came out and we realise it was all because of her father whom she pretty much hates. They ended up together despite that in the end of the story. I think it should have probably ended without them making up though cause that was totally crushing when I thought it wasn’t going to happen.

So yes, not up there with the first one but I really liked the characters. They really had their moments.

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – Faking It

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Title: Faking It [Losing it 2]

Author: Cora Carmack

Genre: Romance

Length: 304

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 11.5, 2, 33.5

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Description/Synopsis:

Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Cade is an idiot.

That being said I did like this book but I didn’t like it as much as the first one. I had a few issues with it.

I liked the concept of pretending people are dating, I liked that part of it. I loved the moment when they first met, it was funny as hell. Cade is alot more chipper (when Bliss isn’t mentioned) and Max just kind of freaks out when he acts like a gentleman and that he isn’t actually lying about himself when her parents come. Makes for some great reactions. I think my favourite one is when Cade hugs her mother willingly. It was pretty damn funny.

I just didn’t like the people so much.

Cade was pretty much just bitching the entire time cause of Bliss, then he magically doesn’t care about her at all anymore. Yeah, you really truly loved her didn’t you you big fat idiot. At one point he tells Max that he was still too hurt to show her this song he wrote, then the next sentence was him singing the song to her. Gah. He was just so annoying.

And the fact that he decided that he couldn’t be friends with Bliss anymore?! I mean what the hell, she didn’t do anything and you got over her the second some random started talking to you so I really don’t get it. People shouldn’t be able to throw away people that were supposed to be their best friend so easy. Plus, Bliss is just better, he should be glad she gave him anytime whats so ever!

Also, Max had ‘sad and life changing past’ that turned her into this thing we see today. I didn’t connect with that past at all though. It mostly just annoyed me when it came up cause it felt really forced. Does that make me cold? Ah I don’t care…

So yeah, unless you feel you need to read this one, I would skip it. Cade was better in the first book and this might wreck it for you.

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – Keeping Her

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Title: Keeping Her [Losing It 1.5]

Author: Cora Carmack

Genre: Romance

Length: 176

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 1, 1.5, 233.5

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Description/Synopsis:

Garrick Taylor and Bliss Edwards managed to find their happily-ever-after despite a rather . . . ahem . . . complicated start. By comparison, meeting the parents should be an absolute breeze, right?

But from the moment the pair lands in London, new snags just keep cropping up: a disapproving mother-in-law-to-be, more than one (mostly) minor mishap, and the realization that perhaps they aren’t quite as ready for their future as they thought.

As it turns out, the only thing harder than finding love is keeping it.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Oh my god I loved this book.

It brought back all the memories of the first one. I think I started smiling from the first line.

One line that really has nothing to do with the story whats so ever but reminded me of the first one heaps and I was so glad that it was mentioned was the cat Hamlet.

He closed his eyes and leaned into my hand the way that Hamlet did when anyone but me was playing with her. Stupid Cat.

So classic.

Sometimes when I read spin offs or short stories about characters I already loved in a different book, I worry that they will not be the same in the one I am about to read. Luckily though Garrick and Bliss where exactly like I remembered them. I need to go back and read the first one again cause I love them so much. They were just as funny and fun and I remember. Oh and poor Bliss, still such a clutz. When she broke that pricey vase I could have died for her. The poor poor creature.

I also thought that the story line picked up in a very realistic place to where the last one ended. They have moved in together and now they are going to go meet Garrick’s parents for the first time. Add in the extra stress of thinking that you might be pregnant with an unplanned baby, just think about how crazy Bliss goes. Its so great.

Some people call these books cliche or cheesy, but I need these things in my life every now and again and I love these books for it. I suggest these two books for anyone who needs these in their lives sometimes too!

Till Next Time…

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AYearAThon – May Wrap Up

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Now I know you may be thinking, Jazz, your last update was day one. What the hell happened to the day in-between the first and the last day? 

Well I meant to update you all. I really did. But then I got super busy on Tuesday, getting myself a new kitten (who can argue with that).

Wednesday I was so tired I couldn’t read cause said kitten kept waking me up during the night and I cannot read when Im sleepy, it just puts me to sleep.

Thursday and Friday I didn’t finish work till really late so didn’t have time before I went to bed.

Saturday I finally got some reading done but didn’t see the point in updating for the second to last day.

And today, Sunday, I didn’t get much done because I had to take said kitten to the vet because she literally played so hard that she pulled things in her leg Saturday night, and because I was freaking out cause she kept crying and limping, I again didn’t sleep. So yeah… This read-a-thon was kind of a dud. I did finish a series though! Yay me. Now onto my final tally:

Pages Read: 1090

Books Read: 

  1. Keeping Her by Cora Carmack
  2. Faking It by Cora Carmack
  3. Finding It by Cora Carmack
  4. Seeking Her by Cora Carmack

Books Unfinished:

  1. A Shade Of Blood by Bella Forrest

If you partook in this too send me a link to your wrap up so that I can see how you did!

Till Next Time…

 

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AYearAThon – May (Day 1)

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Update!!!!!!

Now I am actually really quite proud of myself. I didn’t push myself to really read, I just did it very relaxed like and I read way more than I thought I would. I had a short work day, so that didn’t affect me very much, but I also had a family dinner with my boyfriends family cause it was his sisters birthday, so that ate quite a lot of time. I am not working tomorrow/today though so I get to charge it then!

Monday Day 1

Pages Read: 261

Books Read: Keeping Her by Cora Carmack

 

Till Next Time..

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AYearAThon – May

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AYearAThon is a read a thon that happens each month throughout the year with different themes. You can find the goodreads group here.

Now I don’t plan on doing all of them, but I will be doing some!

May’s theme runs from the 5-11, and since there doesn’t seem to be a specific time in which this starts, I am starting the clock at midnight my time. This months theme is:

Finish/Catch Up On A Series

I think I get like one day off of work during this time, so I am going to keep my reading list really simple (easy short books) and try and beat it if I can, but I doubt I will. I can’t read when I’m tired, it just puts me to sleep. So I plan on finishing reading:

The Losing It Series by Cora Carmack.

 

 

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And if I finish those I will finish reading A Shade Of Vampire Series by Bella Forrest.

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Its a very big list but the books are not very long. I doubt I will finish all of them, but meh. I will be posting updates… Daily? At least I shall try.

As always if you wish to pick up a copy of these books, click on the cover.

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Book Review – Losing It

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Title: Losing It [Losing it 1]

Author: Cora Carmack

Genre: Romance

Length: 184

Rating: 5 Star

Release Date: March 28th 2013

Series Review: 1, 1.5, 233.5

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Description/Synopsis:

Love.Romance. Sex. There’s a first time for everything…
As far as Bliss Edwards can tell, she’s the last virgin standing, certainly amongst her friends. And she’s determined to deal with the ‘problem’ as quickly and simply as possible.
But her plan for a no-strings one night stand turns out to be anything but simple. Especially when she arrives for her first class and recognises her hot new British professor.
She’d left him naked in her bed just 8 hours earlier…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was immensely happy the entire time I was reading this and just could not put it down. With such obvious passion from the author, it was nearly impossible to not fall in love with her brilliantly crafted characters and get swept away as the story unfolds.

I got this book from the author off of NetGalley, and I am so happy that the author allowed me to read it. Most time these days I pick up a romance novel with the mind set of and now for another trashy romance novel… Regardless of whether or not I enjoy the trashy kind, I can’t tell you how refreshing it was to find it was not the case here. Even though the book seems to start off faced paced, it isn’t at all. It moves along at a pace that the book itself, you, and even the main character Bliss, are perfectly happy to move along at.

At first I was sceptical about our main characters name… Bliss… It certainly didn’t really help me not to think of the trashy kind of romance novel to say the least. But as I read on and got to know Bliss through her delightful and just down right funny inner dialogue I found that she had that name because it was her name. She couldn’t have any other. It was a kind of funny ironic fit considering pretty much nothing ever seems to work out quite as ‘blissfully’ as she always hopes.

Throughout the book I was continuing laughing at things that were said/happening. For example~

‘ “I have a cat! I do!” Damn it… why couldn’t I ever remember my imaginary cat’s gender? “Umm… she’s grey and adorable and her name is…” I said the first thing that popped into my head, “Hamlet.”

I was a genius.’

I can’t even to begin to tell you what that line did to me. Just thinking about it makes me want to just go back and read it again so that the warmth I felt the first time around can be felt over again and last just that little bit longer.

Encase it wasn’t obvious enough, I highly recommend this book. If you are a lover of romance novels and want a heart warming and loveable change from the more erotic sex based books, pick up a copy of Losing It.

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eReader Rant

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So today I was a bad Jazz and I spent the entire day researching and going to stores to look at eReaders because I loath reading books on my computer screen since it hurts my eyes (and I can never get comfy…) and haven’t read any more of either of the books I am currently reading. (There is still a few hours of me being awake where I can read, so can I be forgiven?).

So at first I was looking really closely at the Kindle Fire, but I quickly worked out that it thinks along the lines of ‘Stuff you Australia,’ and pretty much wont work unless you live within the US. I then spent the rest of the day researching, looking at youtube reviews and other such things on both Kobo and other Kindles. I disregarded all eReaders that dont come with a light because they were too old/small/ugly. Seriously though, don’t you think the old Kindles are ugly? I don’t like the look of the old phone style directional tool or the keyboard. I decided one with frontlighting would be best for me since the light wont be glaring up at me like backlight/my computer screen does, so it probably a good thing Kindle Fire doesn’t work here or I would have bought it without doing much more research and had serious issues with the light on my eyes.

So this selection left me with the Kobo Glo and the Kindle PaperWhite. The first thing that annoyed me about both was that they don’t have a headphone jack so don’t make noise. This was almost enough for me to give up my entire plan and just forget about everything until I had a realisation. Jazz, do your current much loved paperbacks sing to you? No… How do you listen to music while reading at the moment? With my iPod… Are you ever going to want the computer voice to read to you? Hell no! So why in the would you even need the headphone jack?!?! I tried going to look at the Kobo Glo in stores, but of course that is the one that was out of charge for all of them and I never got to test it. I couldn’t even think about testing the Kindle Paperwhite though, because Kindle still has a ‘Stuff you Australia’ mind frame and has only released like one instores. Luckily though, Amazon has started shipping to Australia. Many youtube/online reviews later I’m pretty sure I have settled for the Kindle Paperwhite. I like the idea of buying from Amazon better than using Bookworld’s ePUB format, and Amazon seems to have cheaper/wider range of books. Kindle is also greatly associated with NetGalley and that helped make up my mind. I hate the idea of getting less than 2gbs of memory and not having an option to make it bigger and this almost made me go with Kobo, but in the end I decided the lag that seemed to stand out and the less touch sensative screen was enough to annoy me. If the Kindle can fit over 1000 books on it surely its big enough for me, and if its not there is always cloud so why bother worry about it? I would like to point out here though that I am not technological savvy and thusly really don’t need something huge. I still use an old 8gb iPod nano and slide screen nokia that I only use as a phone. A phone used as a phone, what a shocker hey? Below are pictures of my phone and iPod if they were new, which they most certainly aren’t. They are much more dodgy than those pictures. Im avoiding upgrading to touch screen in both of them cause I currently hate them all and would rebuy ones like these anyday.

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The only thing left to is decide on just the wifi Kindle or the 3G… Though I think the 3G would suit me more since my house wifi gets turned off all the time because apparently it disturbs people in the house who are gamers and makes their games lag, and when I visit family there is zero internet at all, but the price difference between the wifi at $139 and the 3G at $199 is huge and im having issues coming to terms with it since all it does it show me books… But its also very pretty and I kinda need it… I dunno what are your thoughts on it? Which should I go with, wifi or 3G? Or do you think im going with the completely wrong brand? I have to wait till I get some more money before I buy it anyway so let me know your thoughts so I can think them over.

On another note I got two more Netgalley books to review today today :3

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I really need to get a move on with reading now don’t I?