Now, I highly doubt any of you have noticed but I haven't posted in about 3 weeks. And let me tell you, it's been great! So great I almost considered deleting my blog entirely. However I was very hormonal when I was thinking that and luckily I didn't follow through. So let me just go through what I've been thinking lately.
So in January of 2015 I created this blog. I created it because I wanted not only a place to share my thoughts on books, but to also have a place where I could express my thoughts and feelings without any judgement from friends or family. For a while this worked well. But then my parents and close friends discovered my blog, and there went my outlet. It might sound strange that I am completely fine sharing my innermost thoughts with a bunch of strangers I'venwver met, but all at the idea of the people closest to me reading them. But it's true. I'm also pretty strange so it makes sense . But alas, I felt like I was holding back a lot in my discussions as well as my reviews. I've never been untruthful but small details like the fact that I thought the main character was super duper sexy were often left out.
Moreso, I haven't felt like I was getting enough interaction with my followers to warrant putting the time and effort in to writing 5 posts a week. Honestly it's fine, but it's so disheartening writing reviews and discussions and asking people questions to get literally nothing. It feels like I'm writing to myself half the time and I was over it.
Not only that, but I was so stressed with writing reviews that I wasn't even enjoying them anymore. I felt like I was letting people down (I don't know who either because no one reads this anyway) for not reviewing every single book. And not writing eloquent reviews which were both entertaining and critical. Honestly, I'm a shit and I don't understand half the literary techniques used in books, so by the end I just felt like I was repeating the same thing over and over. Not fun.
So I guess what im trying to say is: I wasn't enjoying it anymore. So I've decided to change things up. From now on, I will be posting but immnot going to stick to a schedule. If I feel strongly about a book (either in a good way or a bad way) I may write a review. You can expect to see monthly wrap ups (every month duh) and maybe the occasional discussion post or Top Ten Tuesday. He blog will have more swearing than it has in the past, and it will also be a lot more centered around New Adult romance. So if you're not in to that genre you might not want to stick around. But if you do, I would love that! I really just want a place I can rant and rave about books I love and hate, and maybe even open the discussion to more than just myself. Thank you to those who have stuck with me from the beginning, I appreciate you all!
Is this love or just a game?
Tori Rivera thinks Jamie McCade is rude, arrogant, and worst of all . . . the sexiest man she's ever laid eyes on. His reputation as a player is almost as legendary as his surfing skills. No matter how her body heats up when he's around, she's determined not to be another meaningless hookup.
Jamie McCade always gets what he wants. The sickest wave. The hottest women. And Tori, with her long legs and smart mouth, is definitely the hottest one. He knows Tori wants him-hell, most women do-but she won't admit it. After months of chasing and one unforgettable kiss, it's time for Jamie to raise the stakes.
Jamie promises that soon Tori won't just want him in her bed, she'll be begging for it-and he might be right. Somehow he's found the spot in her heart that makes her open up like never before. But with all she knows about his past, can she really trust what's happening between them? Is Jamie playing for keeps or just playing to win?
As soon as I was given the opportunity to join this blog tour I jumped on it! I read Four Letter Word not long ago and absolutely LOVED IT (review for that can be found here). So needless to say, I was very excited to read Jamie and Tori's story. Now, it says it can be read as a standalone but I wouldn't recommend that. Not only would you miss out on Brian and Sydney's story, but you also miss out on crucial moments for Jamie and Tori's story.
But having said all of that, I was very happy with the book. There were definitely parts of the story that I didn't like, and I had a few issues with some of the plot which I will get into soon. But I will say that I loved Jamie and Tori so much. I loved their personalities and I loved the dynamics between the two. They have some really good banter and I feel like it was a very slow burn romance which was nice. Since discovering J. Daniels with Four Letter Word, I have since read her Sweet Addiction series as well, and I think it is safe to say that this woman knows how to write a good romance novel. From page one I was hooked.
As far as things I was disappointed with, I feel like from Four Letter Word when you meet Jamie and Tori it's like a game of cat and mouse (Jamie being the cat). But then in Hit the Spot Jamie kind of gives up and then 5 minutes later they are making some stupid bet about who van get the other to give in quicker. I don't know, I just feel like this bet just made the whole relationship 10 times tackier than it would have been. It was petty and childish and I just really hate romances that start out as bets or challenges. HOWEVER, I will say that once the story started to develop I liked where it went, but the way they got there did take away from my enjoyment of the story.
My one other complaint is the way the men speak in these books. I'm not talking about the actual words they say, it's the way they are written. I noticed it in the first book and thought it was a one time thing, but with it happening again in book 2 I couldn't ignore it. But they just sound extremely monotone. It's like they are listing off random points without linking them together so it's like reading a grocery list. For example they rarely use the words "I" in a sentence, so instead of saying "I would like that" they would just say "would like that". It's not a big issue but it PISSED ME OFF!! I know it's not J. Daniels' writing as I didn't notice this when reading from Tori's P.O.V, so this is just something about the character that I really, really do not like.
Oh one more thing. The whole reason Tori doesn't want to get with Jamie in the first place is because he pursued her even knowing she was in a relationship (this was in Four Letter Word). At the stat of Hit the Spot Tori still feels anger about this however the only time this is mentioned is at the start! I was hoping they would talk about it and he would explain why he still pursued her but he didn't. So I was very disappointed that this plot point was basically ignored in the story.
Now, while I have had quite a few negative things to say about the story, I did actually really enjoy it. By no means is it 5 stars, but it was sexy, funny and really addicting to read. While I didn't agree with some of the character choices, I still enjoyed reading the story and I was still just as eager to find out what would happen with them.
Overall, I would highly recommend this to those of you who enjoy reading new adult books. But if you haven't read Four Letter Word, I would suggest you read that first to get the back story. And also because it was amazing.
Published: December 6th 2016
Format: eARC, 400 pages
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Acquired from: The Publisher
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*This eARC was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are completely my own.*
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It was a decent reading month for me. The last book I read, Moonlight on Nightingale Way, was finished in December but I read the majority of it this month so I'm counting it towards November. Anyway, I really enjoyed the majority of books I read which is amazing! I especially loved the On Dublin Street series which I absolutely smashed through! I am now planning on reading all of Samantha Young's other books in December because I loved these so damn much!
Wait (Bleeding Stars #4) by A. L. Jackson
I listened to this on Audible and I didn't realise it was the 4th in a companion series. While it can be read as a stand alone, I feel like I would have enjoyed it more reading the others first. I did enjoy the story and I enjoyed the characters. I'm not sure if it's high on my TBR but I do hope to read the rest of the series one day.
*Hit the Spot (Dirty Deeds #2) by J. Daniels
This book releases on the 10th of December and you can expect to see my full review and excerpt on the 6th of December. I will say though, that I really enjoyed this book!
Rule (Marked Men #1) by Jay Crownover
I really enjoyed this series, however I feel like it was too tattoo and "bad boy" focused that I didn't enjoy it as much as I would have liked. Don't get me wrong I loved the story, but as someone who isn't into tattoos and such all that much, I'm not sure I'll continue the series.
On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1) by Samantha Young
Oh my god! I listened to this on Audible and I was hooked from the get go! I had heard of the book before but I didn't think it would be something I liked, but I was so wrong! I loved this so much. The relationships (both romantic and platonic) in this story were just beautifully written, and the complications in the story were so realistic and made the reading experience that much more enjoyable.
Down London Road (On Dublin Street #2) by Samantha Young
Again, I loved this story. Not quite as much as the first one as there were a few things about the main character that I didn't like. I would have liked to have seen more relationship development rather than just physical stuff, but all in all I really enjoyed the story and the plot line of this book.
Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street #3) by Samantha Young
This story was my favourite out of the whole series! I loved Olivia from the moment I met her in book 2, and Nate is just an amazing fictional human! Their story of friends to more was done so well and I loved seeing their relationship develop. I don't know how realistic it was, but I loved it all the same. I honestly feel like I could read that story again right now I loved it that much!
Fall from India Place (On Dublin Street #4) by Samantha Young
I was very disappointed in this story. You meet the main character (Hannah) in book one, but you get an idea of her relationship with Marco in book 2 and 3 and as I liked hearing about their relationship then I thought I would like the book. But I just didn't connect with them at all. I thought their story line was boring and lacked interest. What conflict they did have I thought was extremely immature and I just didn't agree with it at all. I didn't hate it, but the only reason I will give this 3 stars is for the fact we get to see all the other characters in it.
Echoes of Scotland Street (On Dublin Street #5) by Samantha Young
I was worried I would feel the same for this as I did Hannah's story, however I loved it! Not my favourite but it was very close! I have loved Cole since we met him in book #2 and I loved seeing the sort of man he grew into. This book was very sweet, and again I liked seeing everyone else again. The plot line was interesting and I loved the dynamics between Cole and Shannon.
Moonlight on Nightingale Way (On Dublin Street #6) by Samantha Young
THE FINAL BOOK! I was so sad to see this series end, but I loved Logan and Grace so much! I will admit, Grace's story line didn't really interest me much, but Logan made up for that. Their relationship did seem a bit unrealistic but I really enjoyed reading it so it didn't bother me as much.
Total number of books read: 9
Physical Copies: 0
*Review Books: 1
Number of pages read: 3350
Average Rating: 4.22 / 5
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