Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday's Recommendation #2: Full Measures

Biasanya aku adalah tipe blogger yang rada malas ngikutin meme. Mungkin karena kalau pagi selalu kuliah, dan malam biasanya nyuri-nyuri waktu buat bikin review, jadinya moody banget dalam ikutan meme. Dan masalah utamanya: pikun alias lupa #eh

Dan nggak kerasa juga, ini udah akhir bulan Juni 2014. Artinya? Tentu saja UAS genap. Pergantian semester yang udah dekat. Mikirin RC yang masih belum tuntas. Dan yang pasti: bulan Ramadan. Yaaay! :) 
Anyway, kapanpun kalian mau memulai puasa (mau besok, hari Minggu, atau malah hari ini), aku ingiin banget minta maaf kepada kalian kalau misalnya aku salah tulis, menyinggung perasaan kalian, sering bikin kesel, dsb. Semoga bulan Ramadan ini bisa kita manfaatkan sebaik-baiknya ya :)

FR hari ini aku ingin merekomendasikan:


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Full Measures:   
A new adult novel from Entangled's Embrace imprint...

Three knocks can change everything…

"She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead."

Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart.

Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.

Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.

Baca Review Full Measures

Kenapa aku rekomendasiin?
Well, aku selalu punya soft spot buat orang-orang yang bergabung dalam satuan militer dan kepolisian. Mau dia veteran perang Afghanistan/Irak, Navy SEAL, detektif, marinir, US Marshal, bagian dari Air Force, bahkan orang-orang FBI dan CIA. Bisakah kalian membayangkan teror yang dialami keluarga mereka, bagaimana rasanya jika tiba-tiba pintu rumahmu diketuk dan keluargamu menerima kabar buruk? Aku salut pada orang-orang ini dan keluarga mereka, yang rela mengalami teror itu demi mempertahankan negara mereka.

Full Measures sendiri menceritakan keluarga Howard yang baru saja diberitahu kalau ayah mereka, Justin, tewas di medan perang (dalam buku ini Afghanistan). Dan bagaimana keluarga ini mengatasi duka mereka, sambil terus berusaha melangkah maju. Tokoh utamanya, Ember, menemukan cintanya, tetapi dia sendiri harus membantu keluarganya keluar dari duka terlebih dahulu. Ada banyak pelajaran di dalam Full Measures, tambahan lagi, cerita-cerita semacam ini penting dan bagus agar kita nggak lupa mengapresiasi pahlawan-pahlawan masa kini ini.

Mau ikutan Friday's Recommendation? Ayo ke Ren's Little Corner!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Review: Spellcaster

Judul : Spellcaster
Seri : Spellbound #2
Author : Cara Lynn Shultz
ISBN : 1459225724 (ISBN13: 9781459225725)
Edisi : Ebook (Maret 2012)
Penerbit : Harlequin
Tebal : 304 halaman
Bahasa : Inggris
Genre : Young Adult, Romance, Magic
Average Rating : 4.04 (per 27 Juni 2014)
Tanggal Dibaca : 25 Juni 2014
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Baca Juga : Spellbound (buku 1)
Note : Review ini masuk dalam RC Book in English 2014, Young Adult RC

Spellcaster:   
Finding your eternal soulmate - easy.

Stopping a true-love-hungry evil - not so much…

After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems. Although...it's not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a sixteen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate sure helps ease the pain-especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close....

But something dark and hungry is using Emma and Brendan's deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma's crash course in ├╝ber-spells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own.


“I couldn't help it: Brendan was abs-olutely pec-tacular, horrible puns intended and very accurate.”
-Emma Connors, Ch. 1

Monday, June 09, 2014

Review: Full Measures

Judul : Full Measures
Author : Rebecca Yarros
ISBN : 1622664345 (ISBN13: 9781622664344)
Edisi : Ebook (10 Februari 2014)
Penerbit : Entangled Embrace
Tebal : 301 halaman
Bahasa : Inggris
Genre : Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Average Rating : 4.31 (per 10 Juni 2014)
Tanggal Dibaca : 9 Juni 2014
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Note : Review ini masuk dalam RC Books in English, RC New Authors 2014, RC Lucky No. 14 Kategori Cover Lust.

Full Measures:   
Three knocks can change everything…

"She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead."

Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart.

Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.

Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.

“The fire you have within you is impossible to kill. The first breath you take when you’re free of all this, it will come roaring back. That’s what is so impossibly beautiful about you.”
-Josh Walker, Ch. 5

...grief had no mercy, time limit, or expiration date.
-Ember Howard, Ch, 24

December 'Ember' Howard tahu ketika beberapa officer datang ke rumahnya kalau mereka akan menyampaikan kabar buruk. Ayahnya, seorang dokter militer, tewas di medan perang dan meninggalkan Ember, ibunya June, dan dua adiknya April dan August. Sedihnya lagi, kabar itu datang di hari ulang tahun Ember. Kehilangan ayah yang sangat dia cintai membuat keluarga Howard berduka begitu dalam.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Review: Tempting the Bodyguard

Judul : Tempting the Bodyguard
Seri : Gamble Brothers #3
Author : J. Lynn
ISBN : 1622664477 (ISBN13: 9781622664474)
Edisi : Ebook (12 Mei 2014)
Penerbit : Brazen (Entangled, LLC)
Tebal : 264 halaman
Bahasa : Inggris
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.03 (per 5 Juni 2014)
Tanggal Dibaca :25 Mei 2014
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Baca Juga : Tempting the Best Man (buku 1), Tempting the Player (buku 2)
Note : Review ini masuk dalam RC Lucky No. 14 Kategori Favorite Author, RC Books in English

Tempting the Bodyguard:   
He can protect her from everyone except himself.

Alana Gore is in danger. A take-no-prisoners publicist, her way with people has made her more than a few enemies over the years, but a creepy stalker is an entirely different matter. She needs a bodyguard, and the only man she can ask is not only ridiculously hot, but reputed to have taste for women that goes beyond adventurous.

Chandler Gamble has one rule: don't protect anyone you want to screw. But with Alana, he's caught between his job and his increasingly hard libido. On one hand, Alana needs his help. On the other, Chandler wants nothing more than to take the hot volcano of a woman in hand. To make her writhe in pleasure, until she's at his complete mercy.

She needs protection. He needs satisfaction. And the moment the line is crossed, all hell will break loose...

"I'm constantly lecturing people on appropriate behavior, so I guess I've always felt like I should behave that way."
"Felt?" As in past tense. His brows rose.
She laughed. "Yeah, I don't think I could ever be appropriate with you."
-Alana Gore and Chandler Gamble, Ch. 14
Seksi, seksi.
Salah satu kelebihan dari penerbit Brazen adalah kover mereka yang...well, brazen and hot. Brazen memang merupakan anak dari perusahaan Entangled Publishing LLC, spesialis di bidang romance. Mungkin model MetroPop tapi lebih seksi kali ya?

Review: Release Me

Judul : Release MeSeri : Stark Trilogy #1
Author : J. Kenner
ISBN : 0345544110 (ISBN13: 9780345544117)
Edisi : Ebook (1 Januari 2013)
Penerbit : Bantam
Tebal : 352 halaman
Bahasa : Inggris
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Average Rating : 4.16 (per 4 Juni 2014)
Tanggal Dibaca : 19 April 2014
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Note : Review ini masuk dalam Lucky No. 14 Kategori (Not So) Fresh from the Oven, RC Books in English 2014, dan RC New Authors 2014

Release Me:   
For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard “no” and a fiery woman who says “yes” on her own terms.

He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist.

Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.

Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart.

But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever.

Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

"I'm smart enough to know that you feel it, too. This isn't just heat, it's a goddamned conflagration. Not chemistry, but nuclear fusion."
-Damien Stark, Ch.11

Jujur aja, aku rada kapok begitu baca embel-embel "Fans of Fifty Shades" di blurb-nya. I mean, really? Pengalaman terakhir aku ngebaca sesuatu yang "cocok untuk fans Fifty Shades" (walopun  aku sendiri bukan fans Fifty Shades). Apalagi karena membaca sesuatu dengan mindset "pasti sama deh" itu nggak bagus buatku.

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