Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Start Your Indonesia's Historical Fiction Here


I was actually planning to read Pulang (Home) by Leila S. Chudori. The book is set on Indonesia's students revolution back in 1960s. I admit, I didn't know much about Indonesia's history, mostly because good and informative history books are few and unexciting. I was unable to read it, however. And Historical Fiction has never been my stronger forte, I prefer contemporary.

What is actually Historical Fiction?
Well, basically it's a literacy genre where fiction and historical events are mixed. Dictionary.com states that Historical Fiction is,

the genre of literature, film, etc., comprising narratives that take placein the past and are characterized chiefly by an imaginativereconstruction of historical events and personages.

While reading some articles about literacy on The Guardian, I stumbled across an article, which is basically a recommendation for Indonesian hisfic novels. I was curious as to what books The Guardian said are good. They're already translated to English, so you can try them in English. Here's the list:

1. This Earth of Mandkind (Bumi Manusia) by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
The first on the Tetralogi Buru, the setting is Indonesia's colonial time. It's a romance series, apparently. The English version was published by Penguin Books in 1996, Indonesian first publication was published in 1975. And it was recently being played on a theatre play.



2. The Rainbow Troops (Laskar Pelangi) by Andrea Hirata
I read it when I was still in middle school. I was literally limited, so I thought the book was a bit boring. When I was a freshman in college, I read it again and it was one of the best books I've read. Though the historical aspects are less detailed than other books, The Rainbow Troops was a good book about reaching for your dreams and beating the odds against you. It's the first book of a tetralogy, and actually an autobiography of Andrea Hirata himself.


3. Tiger! (Harimau! Harimau!) by Mochtar Lubis
This one was recommended by my dad. He loves to read (though he's too busy these days to even read newspapers). He has an old edition of this book, around 1980s. The story is about villagers and and tiger hunting (?). Though the history sides of this book isn't well told (according to my dad), it's still has the historical sense and background. The English version was published on 1991.



You want to start with another Indonesian books?
Go to Barnes & Nobles here, and pick them up!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review: Wild Embrace

Title : Wild Embrace
Series : Psy-Changeling 15.5 (Anthology)
Author : Nalini Singh
ASIN : B018RVBU7U
Edition : Kindle (Released August 23rd, 2016)
Publisher : Berkley
Page counts : 400 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance
Average Rating : 4.30 (per August 30th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Read date : August 27th, 2016
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Note : Part of Psy-Changeling world, with different time setting for each story

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Echo of Silence
In a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life’s work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander...

Dorian
A changeling who can never shift lives a life of quiet frustration—until he learns how to let his leopard come out and play...

Partners in Persuasion
Still raw from being burned by a dominant female, wolf changeling Felix will never again risk being a plaything. But for dominant leopard Dezi, he’s the most fascinating man she’s ever met. She just has to convince this gun-shy wolf that he can trust the dangerous cat who wants to take a slow, sexy bite out of him…

Flirtation of Fate
Seven years ago, Kenji broke Garnet’s heart. Now the wolf packmates have to investigate the shocking murder of one of their own. And the more Kenji sees of the woman Garnet has become, the deeper he begins to fall once more. But even his primal instincts are no match for the dark secret he carries...

I haven't read Allegiance of Honor (book 15) yet, because it means the end of the first arc and I liked the first arc just fine. The fall of Silence marked the first arc, ended on book 14, Shards of Hope. Oh, by the way, I adore Aden. And I admit, I haven't finished all the books yet.

Wild Embrace takes us into the stories of four people in SnowDancer and DarkRiver packs. On the first novella, Echo of Silence, Tazia Nerif is an engineer for the deep sea station Alaris. And she is attracted to Stefan Berg, her Telekinetic commander. Anyway, Stefan was first mentioned in book 3, if I'm not mistaken. When they have to go as volunteers in an area wrecked by earthquake, they work together and aware of their feelings to each other.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Cover Reveal: I'm Not Afraid of Wolves by Erin Hayes

COMING TO AMAZON ON SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2016


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Christine would do anything to get away from it all.

After escaping an abusive marriage and heading up a group of brand new performers, she’s tired and in need of a vacation. So when her sister Sara wants her to go camping out in the mountains of Georgia with the girls, she packs her bags for some rest and relaxation. Not even meeting a gorgeous park ranger like Colton Donnelly is going to distract her.

Except Sara didn’t tell her the real reason for the trip: she’s running away from a terrible secret. One that puts all of their lives in danger.

Now the vacation that Christine so desperately needed is ruined, but that’s the least of her worries. She has to use her wits and skills to save them all. Because she soon finds out that werewolves are very real. And they’ll stop at nothing to get their claws into her sister.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Review: Blood To Dust

Title : Blood to Dust
Author : L.J. Shen
ASIN : B01IE06X26
Edition : Kindle (Released July 16th, 2016)
Page counts : 309 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Dark, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.06 (per August 22nd, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Read date : August 17th, 2016
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Note : Read the blurb. There're some pretty dubious situations in this book.

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His name is Beat, and I should hate him.

Bound, blindfolded and bruised, I'm tied in his basement, waiting for the men who stripped me from clothes and humanity to collect his debt to them. Me.

His name is Nate and I should hate him, but I don't.

I'm not supposed to know his real name, even worse, I'm not supposed to care. He is nothing to me but means to an end. The plan is simple: break free, collect the pieces of my broken soul, kill the bastards and run away.

His name is Nathaniel Thomas Vela, and I've never seen his face, though I hear that it's beautiful.

Behind the rugged and handsome exterior, there's a quiet murderer, a killer who thinks guns are for pussies and ends people with his bare hands.

His name doesn't matter, neither does his face, but what does matter is my heart. And right now, sadly, it's his.

Blood to Dust is a standalone, full-length novel. It contains graphic violence and adult situations some may find offensive.

Blood to Dust is my tentative foray into the world of kidnapping-romance (is that even a genre?). Usually, Stockholm syndrome rarely enters my radar. Someone recommended me Sparrow, but I picked up this one first.

Prescott Smythe is screwed. She was captured, again, by the Godfrey, a man who initially stripped her dignity and pride. The thing is, while she waits for her crazy ex-boyfriend to get to her, she is to wait in Beat's basement, one of Godfrey's lackeys. She's blindfolded and her instinct is to survive. And then Beat gives her glimpses of the kind man he is. And she's intrigued.

She's hurt and broken in her own, fancy-ass country club way. And I'm hurt and broken in my own, broke-ass ghetto way.

Beat--aka Nate Vela--doesn't know the story of this girl, and being on Godfrey's bad side is the last thing he needs. And yet he can't get her out of his mind. When Prescott--Pea--asks for his help and aid in her revenge, he reluctantly agrees. However, things are more dangerous than he realizes, and his feelings to Pea is deeper than he anticipates.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Review: Fisher's Light

Title : Fisher's Light
Author : Tara Sivec
ASIN : B00V3OL4G6
Edition : Kindle (Released March 15th 2015 )
Page counts : 401 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.24 (per August 21th 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : August 21st 2016
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Fisher,
I guess this is it, huh? After fourteen years together, starting a life of our own on this island, five deployments and countless letters I’ve written you through it all, I finally go out to the mailbox and see something I’ve always dreamed of: an envelope with your handwriting on it. For one moment, I actually thought you’d changed your mind, that all the awful things you said to me were just your way of coping after everything you’d been through. I was still here, Fisher. I was still here, holding my breath, waiting for you to come back even though you told me you never would. You always said you’d find your way back to me. Out of all the lies you’ve told me, this one hurts the most.

Enclosed you will find the signed divorce papers, as requested.
I hope you find what you’re looking for. I’m sorry it wasn’t me.
Lucy

To get the ending they want, Lucy and Fisher will have to go back to the beginning. Through the good and the bad, they’ll be reminded of why they always made their way back to each other, and why this time, one way or another, it will be the last time.

At first I was attracted by the blurb, and kinda expected there would be many letters-style writings. At one side, I was a teeny bit disappointed. But on the other side, this book gave me such mixed feelings I couldn't help but wonder if I loved the book or not.

Let's start at the beginning. Jefferson Fisher III, aka Fisher, fell in love with Lucy Butler fourteen years ago, when Lucy was a sophomore and Fisher was a senior. Oh, and they live in this island off South Carolina, Fisher's Island. Yes, Fisher is part of the family in this island. They are this high school couple who made it through first deployment and distance between them. But after Fisher's fifth deployment, Fisher changed. He was so cruel to Lucy, and verbally attacked her. A small part of her heart didn't want to believe that the man she loves had changed, but after more unforgivable acts, Lucy gave up. What destroyed her the most is the divorce papers she finally received.

The only way you'll get to the end is by starting at the beginning.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Review: Lingus

Title : Lingus
Author : Mariana Zapata
ASIN : B007C8IFXW
Edition : Kindle (Released February 8th, 2012)
Publisher : BookBaby
Page counts : 275 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.06 (per August 20th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5

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Most people would describe Katherine Berger as a responsible girl with a big heart, a loyal friend who takes care of those close to her, and the possessor of a wicked sense of humor. There was something about her that most people didn't know. "My name is Kat Berger, and I love porn."

When twenty-five-year-old Kat is dragged to a porn convention by her best friend, she's both embarrassed and nervous. The last thing she ever expected was to meet someone who makes her laugh like no other. This is a story about acceptance and friendship, and a love born out of the most unexpected of places.

Needles to say, I enjoy Mariana Zapata's works and I wait for her next release like you can't believe. Maybe like some Swifties waiting for her to settle down XD It was almost painful, I admit. I read and reread The Wall of Winnipeg and Me to pick up my reading appetite a few times, I also reread Rhythm, Chord, and Malykhin when I need a good laugh. Lingus was an experience too. I can't believe how much I enjoyed Lingus. I doubted it (forgive my sin, Ms. Zapata) because the cover looks not a bit serious and I couldn't determine what's a dog to do with porn convention?

Maybe he'd fall madly in love with me and then quit porn. Ha. Well, whatever.

Kat Berger just wants to hide her face when Nikki, her best friend, practically dragged her to a porn convention. Yes, she likes to watch porn, and her other bestie Zoey also does porn. When Nikki is busy salivating over her favorite porn star, an unbelievably hot, hilarious, and sweet guy approaches Kat. Over the convention, they talk and laugh and Kat can't believe her luck. Well, up until she realizes that Tristan King--or Robby Lingus on screen--is a porn star too.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: Anything But Minor

Title : Anything But Minor
Series : Balls in Play #1
Author : Kate Stewart
ASIN : B01IE4I7VM
Edition : Kindle (Released July 12th, 2016)
Page counts : 272 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sport
Average Rating : 4.10 (per August 17th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
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“She’s a nerd.”
“Heyyyy!”
“Okay, she’s a flight instructor.”
“Better.”
“He’s a ballplayer.”
“The best that ever was.”
“Technically, you aren’t according to MLB stats.”
“See? Total nerd. She also has no filter.”
“He’s no southern gentlemen.”
“I had one last season to prove my worth.”
“I’d never seen a game.”
“He told me he was a player.”
“She told me she was a lesbian.”
“But you fell in love with me anyway.”
“Yeah, baby, I totally did.”

I honestly didn't pay attention to the cover. But I did like the blurb. Curiosity becomes me. Besides, I haven't tried Kate Stewart at all. And then I looked at the cover and I blushed.

Baseball. Such a foreign sport for me because even though my best friend plays baseball in her downtime, there's no league or championships here. Baseball, hockey, American football, rugby. Except for a few games I watched on ESPN, I never have any experience with those sports.

Rafe Hembrey, a player for Charleston's minor baseball team, wants this year to be his year. Playing for major league is what he wants the most, even though his parents screwed things up for him before. And he's irresistible to women. Imagine when this clumsy, endearing, and mouthy woman resists him and his charms.

There was just something about her I couldn't shake. Maybe it was her innocence, her honesty, or maybe it was just her.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Review: Rock Redemption

Title : Rock Redemption
Series : Rock Kiss #3
Author : Nalini Singh
ASIN : B0142YLRUQ
Edition : Kindle (Released October 6th, 2015)
Publisher : TKA Distribution
Page counts : 424 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.04 (per August 16th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
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From New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh comes the next contemporary romance in the Rock Kiss series…

Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.

Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.

When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting—needing—to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.

Nalini Singh's first book I've ever read was an urban fantasy (Angel's Blood). I loved it the instant I read it, and when Nalini released a contemporary line, I have to say I was curious. Contemporary Romance is one of my most favorite genres, and knowing my favorite author writes contemporary? Of course I was ecstatic.

He adored her, and because he did, he would never touch her. The instant he did, he'd ruin her, ruin everything.

Kit and Noah piqued my interest in Rock Addiction. I only mostly liked the book. It was a good book. In Rock Redemption, we'll know the story of Noah St. John, the guitarist of Schoolboy Choir. Noah knows he's never going to be good enough for Kit Devigny, the woman he loves. He believes himself is tainted and dark. He can't drag Kit into the mess that is him. So he chooses to betray Kit in an attempt to push her away. He succeeds.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Review: Extreme Exposure (Publisitas Sensasional)

Title : Extreme Exposure - Publisitas Sensasional
Series : I-Team #1
Author : Pamela Clare
ISBN13 : 9786020320557
Edition : Paperback (Released November 2015)
Publisher : Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Page counts : 456 pages
Language : Indonesian
Genre : Adult, Thriller/Suspense, Crime, Contemporary
Average Rating : 3.94 (per August 14th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
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Sudah bertahun-tahun Kara McMillan dicampakkan oleh ayah anaknya, dan sejak itu ia menjauh dari laki-laki. Ia bersumpah tidak akan sudi lagi merasa tak berdaya.

Dengan penampilan menarik, pesona, dan kekuasaannya, Senator Reece Sheridan bisa saja mendapatkan wanita mana pun. Tapi ia tertarik hanya kepada satu orang. Kara, wartawati investigasi yang berani, dengan tulisannya yang berapi-api, dan membangkitkan gairah sang senator. Tetapi, yang terjadi di antara mereka bukan affair singkat. Skandal politik yang tiba-tiba meruyak dan usaha pembunuhan terhadap Kara jelas bisa memisahkan mereka.

Atau mungkin musibah itu justru mendorong mereka untuk menjalin ikatan yang jauh lebih kuat daripada sekadar hubungan sesaat yang menggebu-gebu.

The first time I attempted to read Extreme Exposure, I was a fledgling. Well, I was 16 or 17, and at that time, my English was pitiful and I struggled. When a local publisher released the book, I was excited and intrigued.

Kara McMillan is an investigative journalist and a single mother. She's like a pitbull, she doesn't let go of a potential story. When a tip comes to her that a corporation is basically committing environmental crimes and violations to Colorado's laws, of course she can't let it go. Her investigation leads her to a dangerous territory, where politics play and money talks. And also, the investigation leads her to Senator Reece Sheridan, a man so fascinating for her and with solid integrity.

“I think you need someone in your life you can depend on, someone you can confide in when things go to hell at work, someone to massage your tired feet and your stiff shoulders, someone to bring you tea and cook a meal once in a while. Someone to be there for you.”
Reece Sheridan knows he's more than just attracted to the beautiful journalist. But her latest story could either make her, or kill her. Along the way, he also falls in love with Kara's son. When her life and her son's are in danger, Kara still have to uncover the truth and take Reece's help.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Bookish Soundtrack: Inside Out by The Chainsmokers and Charlee


So, it has been a few months since my last Bookish Soundtrack feature. Yes, I still listen to music. These days, I'm a bit stuck with EDM, though. My Spotify playlists are full of them.

Anyway, my current favorite is The Chainsmokers. The group with two gorgeous men Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, the first time I've heard Don't Let Me Down, I fell in love with them. The songs on their album, Bouquet, are not the usual EDM either, they feel like ordinary music touched with EDM, and the lyrics are somehow quirky and playful. I like their music, and despite my first love would always be Hardwell, The Chainsmokers is close second.



Inside Out is a song about knowing a person, well, inside and outside. The music is less upbeat than Don't Let Me Down, though. But the lyrics?

Bend your chest open so I can read your heart
I need to get inside, or I'll start a war
Wanna look at the pieces that make you who you are
I wanna build you up and pick you apart

Admittedly, this part is applicable for many books and stories. How many times we read about couples with one or the other hiding something?

Review: Archangel's Enigma

Title : Archangel's Enigma
Series : Guild Hunter #8
Author : Nalini Singh
ISBN : 0425251268 (ISBN13: 9780425251263)Edition : Paperback (Released September 1st, 2015 )
Publisher : Berkley Sensation
Page counts : 357 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Average Rating : 4.44 (per August 13th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
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Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required - those more common to predatory animals than to man.

Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets is fascinated by his nature - at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it's too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows...and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare...

This book slipped from my to-do review list. I just...forgot. And when I reread this for fun yesterday (I got a bit bored with contemporary and wanted to go back to my original root, PNR), wham! I remembered. Remembered that Archangel's Enigma is my most favorite on this whole series.

Naasir--dubbed the tiger creature by Elena--has stated on Archangel's Shadows that he wants a mate. He's wild and lethal, as one of Raphael's Seven, with a core of deep loyalty to family. Almost feline on his nature, the origin of his Making is a mystery. When a whisper tells that Lijuan intends to break a taboo so old in the angelic history, Raphael can't let it happen. Along with Andromeda, a scholar from the Refuge, Naasir has to find where Alexander is Sleeping and warns him about Lijuan's plans.

He was so pure, with a core of primal honesty that drew her like a moth to a flame.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Reading Romance 2016: April-June Wrap Up


Happy August!
Well, can't believe it's already the eight month of 2016. I'm sorry for this terrible lateness, since I was mighty busy and sometimes, I got too lazy to open my laptop.

For the second period's update, you'll get until the end of August to submit. The rules are more or less the same with last update.

1. Make a post about the romance books you've read from April 1st to June 30th. To make it easier for you guys, you can write your progress on your Master Post or make a new progress post that you update every period. If you are using Goodreads, don't forget to set your reading date.

2. If you make reviews, please link up your reviews on your progress post. 

3. Please write your progress post with this following format:

# (Month) Book Title - Author - Category

Or, if you are categorizing your books like I do (my progress post), you still HAVE to write up the month.

4. There is a Linky below. Link up your progress post with this following format:

Name - Your Blog Name/Goodreads Name/Facebook Name

5. Please don't submit ALL your review links. Link up your reviews on your progress post

6. If you are using Goodreads, you can link up the shelf you made for this RC. Use URL shortener (bit.ly, tinyurl, etc) if the link is too long. If you are using Facebook, use Note to make the post.

7. The Linky will be open from now until August 31st. Make sure you don't forget to add your link to make you eligible for my giveaway at the end of this RC. I'm writing down how many books you've read too :)

Any question, you can tweet to me @ridyananda or email me on my email ninaridyananda[at]gmail[dot]com. Via Facebook is not encouraged because I rarely open my Facebook. Please do not hesitate to contact if necessary.

Have a nice weekend!






Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review: Into the Storm

Title : Into The Storm
Author : Melanie Moreland
ISBN13 : 9781927901229
Edition : Ebook (Released November 2013)
Page counts : 338 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 3.95 (per August 11th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
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She is a woman on the run. Pain, loneliness and terror are what she is leaving. Where she is headed doesn’t matter as long as it’s away from the hell her life has become.

Joshua Bennett is trapped in a prison of his own making by the memories of his past. Traumatized and isolated, he is a reclusive writer, living a quiet, lonely life, his only companion his dog, Bear. It is what he knows, what he has accepted to be his life.

One dark night, one huge storm, and one ice patch brings them together. He finds himself with an unexpected houseguest with no memory. She wakes up a stranger to herself and the man watching her. Even more mysterious is the lack of any sort of identification with her or in her car. She is an enigma to both of them.

Trapped by the storm and isolated from the outside world, they slowly open up, learning to trust and love, until the world once again shows up, threatening the fragile peace of their newly discovered world, and tearing them apart.

There are many twists and turns as they struggle to find each other, overcoming both the mental and physical elements that keep them apart.

A story about overcoming our fears, finding love and learning to live again.

It was a chance encounter. Melanie Moreland didn't hit my radar, and if it wasn't for Goodreads's recommendation, I wouldn't know about this promising author.

If you've read the blurb, it's pretty much a book about overcoming the abuse and fear in your life. Just before a storm hits, Joshua Bennett finds a woman inside a wrecked car. Although he's pretty wary of strangers (with good reasons too), he can't abandon this woman to freeze to death. So, for the first time in years, he takes care of another human being. And then this woman wakes up. And has no memory of who she is and why she was driving in a bad storm.

"Home, my beautiful girl. I finally found my home."

Rabbit, that's what Joshua decides to call her. While Rabbit is recuperating in his house, Joshua is wondering why this woman feels different. For years he hasn't left his home. He likes to keep to himself, reclusive, and traumatized. But Rabbit brings out every protective instinct and a desire to overcome his own fear. Soon, trapped in a house with a storm outside, they start their new connection.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Review: Paper Princess

Title : Paper Princess
Series : The Royals #1
Author : Erin Watt
ASIN : B01DT9ZWNI
Edition : Kindle (Released April 3rd, 2016)
Page counts : 370 pages
Language : English
Genre : Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Average Rating : 4.25 (per August 9th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 1/5
Read date : August 9th, 2016
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From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

Paper Princess has caught my attention a while back. Many my trusted reviewers said good things about Paper Princess, and I haven't picked up another Young Adult in the past few months. Erin Watt is a pseudonym for two romance authors, Jen Frederick and Elle Kennedy. I love Elle Kennedy's books, though I haven't read any of Jen's books. To be fair, I didn't know who Erin Watt initially, I just found out literally five minutes ago.

I feel like every encounter with Reed chips away at something vital inside me.

Ella Harper may not have the best of luck when it comes to her life. She's forced to work at a strip club after her mother died and she needs to keep a roof over her head. Everything changes, when just like Cinderella, she's swept off her feet by Callum Royal, who says that he's her father's best friend. A rich man from a powerful family, Callum takes Ella back to his mansion. Now she lives in a castle complete with five new foster brothers.

The most intense one is Reed Royal. The boy make her heart beats faster, though he's being cruel and unjust to Ella.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Review: Shameless

Title : Shameless
Series : Playboys in Love #1
Author : Gina L. Maxwell
ASIN : B01FD9BJ2U
Edition : Kindle (Released May 30th, 2016 )
Publisher : Entangled Scorched
Page counts : 180 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Average Rating : 3.92 (per August 8th, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
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People say I'm shameless. They're right.

I like my sex dirty. It takes a hell of a lot to tilt my moral compass, and I always follow when it's pointing at something I want. That goes double when it points straight at the one girl in all of Chicago who's not dying for a piece of me.

She's all I can think about, and that's a problem, because she wants nothing to do with me. But I've seen her deepest secrets, her darkest fantasies, and they match mine to a fucking T.

I want her. Bad.

Now I need to show her how good it can feel...to be shameless.

I've known Entangled Publishing as one with many hot and good books under their belt. The previous J. Lynn's books were from Entangled as well. I heard Entangled: Scorched is a new imprint of theirs, and if the name is any indication, the books must be scorching. And I couldn't wait.

Gina L. Maxwell herself is an author I heard a lot about, but didn't have the chance to try. And so, Shameless was read. Chance Danvers is a stripper. A smoking hot handyman day and night, he's hired to fix the plumbing for a client. If you catch the meaning, Chance was supposed to let the client loose and relaxed, with a side of stripping and dancing. But that isn't what he got.

"Chance is like my own personal kryptonite."

Jane Wendall is going to kill her bestfriend. She needs her plumbing fixed, literally. She expects a handyman, not a hot guy slash stripper. But when Chance offers her a deal, she can't exactly refuses. What harm could it do to her? She's sure she's not Chance's usual taste. And plus, her plumbing will be fixed.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Review: Showmance

Title : Showmance
Series : Showmance #1
Author : L.H. Cosway
ASIN : B01ETZPDDU
Edition : Kindle (May 2016)
Publisher : CreateSpace Independent
Language : English
Genre : Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Average Rating : 3.89 (per August 3, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
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Damon Atwood was Hollywood’s golden boy. Having won an Oscar at the tender age of thirteen, he had the life many could only dream about. But his success came at a price, and after a short but fruitful film career, he chose to live a life of obscurity on a remote Scottish island. Almost a decade later he’s finally ready to make his return, starting with a lead role in a musical on London’s West End.

As a choreographer’s assistant, Rose Taylor has always faded into the background. She watches shows come to life from the side lines, but has never craved the attention of stardom. When rumours begin circulating of Damon’s involvement in her latest gig, she doesn’t predict how she will be thrust into the limelight, nor how the mysterious and strangely introverted man will need her to teach him how to be a star again.

Rose knows that show crushes don’t last. Actors fall for each other during the intensity of a production, often losing themselves in their roles. These kinds of affairs burn bright and then they fade. The question is, should Rose let herself shine with Damon, or guard her heart from being broken after the final curtain call?

L.H. Cosway first caught my attention with Six of Hearts. The tale of a magician hell bent on revenge and in love with someone he wants since childhood, it was one of my most favorite romance. Besides, it was in Dublin. I was on the phase of getting tired with America.

Showmance was another favorite. I have to admit. The blurb teased me about an actor who's actually hiding. Damon Atwood, at a young age, was the most coveted teen actor. But things eventually went wrong, and so he hides away from the spotlight. The West End musical version of Moulin Rouge was supposed to be his comeback, a promise from him to revive his art after years of solitude.

“In life, you often had to reshape your square edges to accommodate the plethora of difference that existed in the corners of our individualities.”

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Review: Heart-Shaped Hack

Title : Heart-Shaped Hack
Series : Kate and Ian #1
Author : Tracey Garvis Graves
ASIN / ISBN :
Edition : Kindle (Released August 25th, 2015)
Page counts : 340 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.11 (per August 2nd, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : July 11, 2016
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When Kate Watts abandoned her law career to open a food pantry in Northeast Minneapolis, she never dreamed it would be this difficult. Facing the heartbreaking prospect of turning hungry people away, she is grateful for the anonymous donations that begin appearing at the end of each month. Determined to identify and thank her secret benefactor, she launches a plan and catches Ian —a charismatic hacker with a Robin Hood complex—in the act.

Ian intrigues Kate in a way no man ever has. But after learning he’s snooped around on her personal computer, she demands retribution. Impressed with her tolerance and captivated by her spirit, he complies and begins to slowly charm his way past her defenses. Time spent with Ian is never boring, and Kate soon finds herself falling for the mysterious hacker.

But Ian has enemies and they’re growing restless. In the hacking world, exploiting a target’s weakness is paramount, and no price is too high to stop an attack. And when Kate learns exactly how much Ian has paid, she’ll discover just how strong her love is for the man who has hacked his way into her heart.

I got an info about this book from Aestas Book Blog. Oftentimes, Aestas would give a good recommendation that I'd enjoy. Heart-Shaped Hack was one of them. This was the first book of Tracey Garvis Graves that I've read. I've heard good things about her other books, like On The Island.

Once upon a time, when Kate Watts desperately needs donation for the food pantry, she calls for help. But she didn't expect that her call for help will draw out Ian, a guy so mysterious but hilarious. Kate just couldn't help liking this hacker. He's just charming and gorgeous and everything Kate wants.

"Most women would not be able to put up with me."
"Most women would probably have you arrested."
"Says the woman who made me take off my clothes."

August 2016 New Releases


Seeing my newsletter from Goodreads, I got kinda excited. SO MANY books I want to read!
But that old saying IS true.

Too many books, too little time.

Le sigh. I wanted to grab them all, but then, with my increasingly crazy schedule as I'm on my final semester, I haven't even been able to read much last month. My notebook is filled with good books to read, but with limited time and also limited money, I have to keep it tight X)

This month, there's several new releases I'm putting on my list. These are my most coveted, my most wanted. And I do hope I get around on reading my countless books..........

AND OH MY GOD KRISTEN ASHLEY AND NALINI SINGH ARE RELEASING!!!! #fangirlingalert
Jonquils for Jax (The Rousseaus #1) by Katy Regnery, August 5th

Monday, August 01, 2016

Review: Dark Sexy Knight

Title : Dark Sexy Knight
Series : A Modern Fairytale #1
Author : Katy Regnery
ISBN13 : 9781944810030
Edition : Ebook (Released June 3rd, 2016)
Publisher : Katharine G. Regnery
Page counts : 290 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.08 (per July 31, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : July 3, 2016
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From New York Times bestseller Katy Regnery comes another timeless tale of love everlasting!

Loosely inspired by the legend of Camelot, Dark Sexy Knight tells the story of dinner theater knight Colt Lane, who meets down-on-her-luck Verity Gwynn on the worst day of her life. Evicted from their home, Verity and her special-needs brother, Ryan, must find jobs or risk being separated. Colt, who is the furthest-possible thing from a white knight in real life, comes to their unlikely rescue, quickly cementing his place in Verity’s heart.

Colt has dark, deeply buried secrets that keep his smile hidden and his eyes down, which has kept people away . . . until he meets Verity, who seems immune to his gruff manners and taciturn ways. The more time Colt spends with her, the more he longs for her sweetness in his life and yearns to be the knight in shining armor she so desperately needs. Certain he will lose her if she learns the truth about his past, he must decide if he can trust her with his yesterday in order to build a beautiful tomorrow.

**Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity, mild violence and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**

All novels in the ~a modern fairytale~ collection are written as fundraisers.

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Dark Sexy Knight is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection, which includes six standalone, completely unrelated novels inspired by beloved fairy tales:

The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) - available now
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) - available now
Ginger's Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) - available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) - available June 2016
Don't Speak (The Little Mermaid) - available 2017
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) - available 2017

Even though I'm a big sucker for HEA, fairytale retellings are not my usual cup of tea. Not that I hate them, more like I didn't expect any surprises. Katy Regnery gave me my first favorite on fairytale retellings with The Vixen and The Vet. While I haven't read book 2 and three yet, I found another favorite on Dark Sexy Knight.

Who doesn't want a knight to save the day for them? Verity Gwinn sure needs one. Caring for a brother with special need, and in dire need for a job and a home. she's almost hopeless. She has to take the responsibility as the main caretaker of her brother, Ryan, who had an accident as a kid. It's not easy for her to do it. But then a Viking Knight (and that made me cracked up) comes saving her, helping her to get a job and a place to stay. And soon enough, Verity starts to feel deeply for her savior.

Because Colton Lane wasn't really a knight. In fact, he was the furthest-possible thing from a knight.

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