Rapid Reviews #1: Cocky Bastard, Him, Unholy Ghosts and Tangled

Rapid Reviews

 

Here is a quick summary of some of the books I’ve read throughout the summer that I just have not had time to write proper reviews for. 

 

25772000He was someone who belonged in my wildest fantasies instead of a rest stop in the middle of Nebraska.

A sexy, cocky, Australian named Chance was the last person I expected to run into on my cross-country drive.

When my car broke down, we made a deal. Next thing I knew, we were traveling together, spending sexually-tense nights in hotels and taking unplanned detours.

My ordinary road trip turned into the adventure of a lifetime. It was all fun and games until things got intense.

I wanted him, but Chance wouldn’t make a move. I thought he wanted me too, but something was holding him back.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the cocky bastard, especially when I knew we’d be going our separate ways.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

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Cocky Bastard was a fun enough read, though it had some faults.  It’s strength was balancing between humorous and sexy.  There really isn’t much sex at all, which was refreshing and allowed for the characters to develop and connect in more important ways.  What I enjoyed less were the times the humor fell too far into the cheesy zone and the rather naive responses those moments produced.  I’d give it a solid 3.5 stars.

 

25686927They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

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When you love Elle Kennedy’s writing, hockey and a male/male romance, you pick up a book that has all three.  I wish I could say I loved the combination as much as I love all those items separately.  I cannot say that, however. Him was too far on the ridiculous side of things for me.  A bit cheap and cliche, sadly.  1 star, only because I some how was able to finish it. 

 

6261189THE DEPARTED HAVE ARRIVED.

The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.

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If you can get past the vernacular, which is very original, Unholy Ghosts is a solidly entertaining Urban Fantasy read. I highly enjoyed the quirky world Kane created, as well as the equally unique characters.  It’s full of excitement, sexiness and danger.  4 stars 

 

18297707Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

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You all probably already know all this, I’m pretty sure I’m the last person on the planet to read this.

Drew is an asshole. Yet, I adored him.  I rooted for him. He’s the kind of asshole that learns his lessons, maybe slowly, but still. Tangled is the kind of book that gives you those real laugh at loud moments and I enjoyed every bit of it and it has me looking forward to more from Chase.  4 stars

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