Jul 22, 2015

DeeJay Reviews: The Daring Assignment by @authorvictoriab

The Daring Assignment
by Victoria Bright

Series: Curvy Assignments #1
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: March 2, 2015
Format: eBook
Source: Provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

I didn’t mean to hurt anyone, especially him… 

I was living the dream. I had a great career as a romance author, a successful boyfriend, and am the daughter to a New York power couple. With my standing, my family groomed me to be perfect. Despite having it all, something was still missing. 

In an attempt to break away from my privileged, suffocating life, I was in pursuit of finding my own path to happiness. After my literary agent gave me a risky writing assignment, I set out to write a best-seller that took me completely out of my comfort zone and into the arms of another man. He was only supposed to be a research toy, falling in love wasn’t a part of the plan. 

As I become tangled into a huge web of lies, I quickly find out that I have a life changing decision to make. Do I choose to continue living a life of comfort, stability, and misery or do I take a chance on the unknown to preserve my happiness?

I really liked this book as the writing was really good and the pacing was spot on. The first half of this book really rocked and I enjoyed where (I thought) it was going. But I was thrown for a loop about halfway in and it wasn't really in a good way.

I liked the leading lady Ariana as a character but not necessarily as a woman. I loved that she was curvy and not all thin and shit, but her life choices were the WORST. First, she was dating and living with the ultimate dickhead of all time, Julius. I mean, this guy was everything that is wrong with men and more and I literally hoped that at some point in the book he would be stampeded by buffalo. I couldn't understand why Ariana would stay with this fucker just because her parents would disown her otherwise. My parents would have to just go on ahead and do it. There's no way in hell I'd spend my life with a total asshole for an inheritance. But then again I'm not in that situation so who's to say really. Secondly, the lies she let build up as the story went on. OMG. Why!? So many opportunities to make things right and she just couldn't do it. That was pretty annoying.

I loved Ariana's BFF, Gia. She was brutally honest and she just didn't give a damn about anything. She was who she was and you were either going to love it, or fuck all the way off. And who Gia was, was a sex therapist with a minor in BDSM, haha. I loved her and she's just the type of best friend every girl needs in her life. The one who will tell you when you're being an absolute idiot and to get your shit together. Again, I loved her and how she got a kick out of embarrassing Ariana at every opportunity. It was hilarious.

Besides Julius, Ariana's parents were also a couple of people who I wanted to see standing in the street when the buffalo came through. The mother was a bitch from beginning to end, but her father? Now he took me by surprise. I didn't understand how he could go from defending Ariana against her mother and Julius in the beginning of the book, to flat out threatening her at the end. It blew my mind.

The plot was a good one as far as smexy romances go. Ariana was an author who had been tasked by her agent to depart from her clean romances and take a walk on the dark side. To write her first erotica, Gia suggests she actually participate in the things she wants to write about. That's where Zane comes in. As HAWT as he was, he seemed a bit too good to be true sometimes. He was the ultimate hard knock life success story and for some reason I just thought he wasn't very realistic. Not saying that he had to be. Most romances have these dreamy alphas that don't exist in real life and I guess that's just the way of things. But whatevs! I really liked Zane, regardless and thought his reaction to Ariana lying to him was very realistic. It's how any sane person would have reacted and this was all good with me. I thought the sex scenes between them were hot though one place the act went down was questionable. But overall I was feeling it and think the author has a knack for it.

A good read if you're looking for an interesting romance with a side dish of freaky. Be prepared to be pissed the hell off though as there is just no way you won't be. But you'll still enjoy this book I think. I recommend it!

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Jul 9, 2015

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Jul 6, 2015

DeeJay Reviews: STALKING THE DEMON by @CiaraBallintyne

Stalking the Demon
by Ciara Ballintyne

Series: The Seven Circles of Hell #2
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: October 31, 2014
Format: eBook
Source: Provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Six months ago, the disgraced wizard, Alloran, sacrificed his hand to rescue the woman he loves from his traitorous friend, Ladanyon. Despite saving the city from a demon, his reputation remains tarnished, and the council of wizards has penalised him severely for the practise of banned magic.

Now he learns his desperate efforts to stop Ladanyon led more to damnation than salvation. Finding a solution compels him to breach his sanctions and venture into forbidden places at risk of his life and freedom.

Alloran must choose between saving himself and everything he holds dear.

Stalking the Demon was a well written, detailed fantasy about wizards and the seven circles of hell. I will admit that I found myself often confused with the waterfall of information I had to consume. It was because this was book two and I hadn't read book one first. I definitely could have benefitted from reading book one first, but I made it through and that's all that matters.

The writing was SUPERB in this book, let me just say that up front. It was a short book so the author didn't waste a word on things that didn't pertain to the plot of this particular book. That's always appreciated. And I really enjoyed the plot of this book. As a Supernatural fan girl, anything with demons in it is sure to interest me and this book was no exception. Though the wizards and not the demons were the focal point of this book, just the idea of them intrigued me and I liked the idea of the seven circles of hell. The author really worked out what kinds of demons were from which circle of hell and that was important. Though I felt overwhelmed at times it was nice to know that the author had it all worked out so well that there was really no need for me to.

There is a romance that drives this story between Alloran and Gisayne, but it does not take over the story and that was nice. I think reading the first book would give me more insight into their relationship because I don't completely understand it as of now. That didn't take away from my reading experience too much but I'd still like to know more of their history before continuing on in the series.

One thing I don't think I got to see enough of was the magic. Since pretty much all of the characters in this book/series are wizards I would think there would have been magic flowing on every page. Magic was talked about more than it was practiced and when it was used it was for the purposes of trying to solve the problem that was started in book one. That's okay, I guess. I just expected more that's all. I still appreciated the magic that was used because when it was it was pretty cool.

Overall, I think this is a book worth recommending. Like I said, I still need to book one but I have no doubt it's just as well written and thought out as this one. So if you're looking for a fantasy book with wizards and magic that's more for adults than young people, then I can definitely recommend this book. I'm looking forward to book three which looks like it will be a very exciting addition to the series!

Jul 2, 2015

DeeJay Reviews: CRANE by Stacey Rourke

by Stacey Rourke

Series: The Legends Saga #1
Genre: Paranormal "Horror"
Publication Date: May 26, 2014 by Anchor Group Publishing
Format: Print
Source: Purchased

The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.

Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep. 

What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?

Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse. 

But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?

For a book with such an interesting cover, I expected it to be a lot "more" than it was. I say "more" in a general sense because I felt it could've used a lot of more of a lot of things. I liked this book though and made it to the end. I'm even interested in reading the next book in the series. However, if Raven is just like this one, I may have an issue pulling it out.

Crane is one of those books that tried too hard to be a lot of things. Here are a few:

1) Scary. Don't let the cover fool you. This book wasn't even the least bit scary despite the "Horror" genre tag that keeps being attached to this book.

2) Funny. I can admit that there were some pretty damn funny one-liners, but they came around too often. It was like the author decided to just throw in a bunch of jokes and hope for the best and that we would at least find a few funny. Mission accomplished, but it was also annoying.

3) Clever. Though I think the choice to retell the story of Ichabod Crane was a good one, the execution was off. It didn't WOW me and it didn't really intrigue me either. The plot held promise at first, but by the end of the book I was just like "Meh".

The best parts of this book were the flashbacks. They were far better written than the present day scenes with the MC Ireland Crane. They may not have been the most exciting scenes, but they sure were witty. Honestly, it was the characters and the way the author wrote them. Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving, and Rip Van Winkle.

All hail RIP! He was the refreshing comic relief this book really needed. Most of the time when I was laughing, I was laughing at something he did or said. His "relationship" with Ireland was a riot as well since he was a dirty old kook that had just woken up from a centuries long nap and she was a school counselor. Funny stuff.

Overall, I can't see myself going into too much detail about this book. The plot was so-so, the characters were just all right and the ending was a bit lackluster. However, as I said before, I will read the next book in the series just to see where the author is taking it. Raven blends the Sleepy Hollow legend with Edgar Allen Poe, which basically means I almost have to read it just to see if the author can pull it off. But if you're looking for a new take on the legend of Sleepy Hollow I will say give this book a try. I didn't love it, but who's to say if you will?

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