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Friday, June 15, 2018

My Ramblings: Where Do You Draw The Line?


Where Do You Draw The Line?

Cheating is a despicable act. If you're with someone you no longer desire/want in your life, in theory, it would be smarter to talk it out and have both parties go their separate ways, instead of cheating and going behind the other persons back. 

I tend to stay away from books that I know have pure adultered cheating in its storyline because it's not something I agree with and it's not the type of storyline I'm looking for in a romance novel. The way an author handles it, from a writing perspective, can make me understand or simply be able to "live" with it and not DNF on the spot.

But then the question becomes:
If cheating is despicable, then how do you feel about marriages of convenience in books?

I've thought about this ever since I read a book a few years ago that featured it as an "obstacle" for the heroine to overcome. I've come to the conclusion that it doesn't bother me. If the people married were never an actual couple but got married to get, for example, the other person out of a bad situation or for the families sake (and later plan on divorce), then I don't mind it. The way I see it, they were never an actual couple and they were never involved in any way with each other, so technically speaking, there was no cheating. It's just a meaningless signed piece of paper. Though, I will concede and point out the lie by omission on the hero's part.

On a different note:
Can you overlook cheating if you care about the characters enough?

When it's an on again, off again relationship or the couple has called it quits for a time and one of them has a one night stand, does that equate to cheating? I was looking over an older review of mine and noticed that I referred to the get-with-someone-else called-it-quits moment in the "relationship" as a mistake on the heroine's part. I don't remember enough about the story to form an opinion on it today, but it made me think about how my tolerance for these kinds of situations has gotten smaller over the years. If I were to read a book that featured that kind of situation today, regardless of who commits the act, I don't think I would like it very much. But then I start thinking about how they were, for the moment being, over as a couple so why should I be bothered by it? It's an endless cycle of should I or shouldn't I.

Have you encountered marriage of convenience in a book and liked it?
Can you overlook cheating in a book?
Let's discuss in the comments below!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Power Of Book Covers: Captivated By Crimson By Brynn Myers


They say don't judge a book by its movie...err...COVER. 
BUT they never said we couldn't PRAISE them.

This week's cover:

Captivated By Crimson
By Brynn Myers

When a god and a vampire queen desire you, things can get complicated.

Nola Blair is a free-spirited artist who’s been offered a hefty sum to create a unique piece for a party at Elizabeth Bathory’s ruined castle. It’s an assignment she declined––twice. However, at the behest of her sister and her best friend, she finally gave in, choosing her career over her annoyance with the misogynist ass trying to secure her services.

Erzsebet Bathory has been trapped for centuries and would do anything to escape, including using her own son, Paul, to do her bidding. Soon she’ll be free and take her place among the ferals as their queen.

Andrik Kane had no idea his life would change when he saved Nola from a band of rogue vampires. Charged with the hunting of ferals and their creators, one broken rule and the blood of a beautiful brunette in distress ends up giving him more than he ever bargained for.

One wants her blood, the other wants her to be his. Who will decide Nola’s fate?
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things I Like & Dislike When It Comes To Romance In Books

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Welcome back to:
A weekly feature created By The Broke And The Bookish
Currently featured on That Artsy Reader Girl

I'll be switching themes this week because I don't pay much attention to where, in the world, a book takes place in (unless it makes itself evident in a way that matters to the characters/story by including a few conversations or quotes in a language other than english). So this weeks theme is:

Ten Things I Like & Dislike
When It Comes To Romance In Books
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Likes

1. Witty jokes and sarcasm! Sarcasm is my middle name so when I can relate that much more to a character it's even better. I also don't mind when it gets into silly innuendos and/or gets a little dark in this spectrum. 

2. Friends to lovers! It makes everything more believable if done right. It gives me a sense of how everything evolved and makes the chemistry realistic.

3. Reversal of stereotypical roles! It's not always that I find these, but when I do it's beautiful! I love it when a woman with trust issues meets a guy who wears his heart on his sleeve, or when an experienced woman meets a guy who isn't experienced. It's a breath of fresh air when compared to most romance novels I read on a regular basis.

4. Happily ever afters! Life doesn't guarantee anyone a happily ever after, so I enjoy finding and living them in books. It's also why I dislike it when an author leaves books and/or series open-ended. I don't want to use my imagination I want a permanent happy ending so I can pretend life is candy canes and roses all of the time!

5. This relates more to the paranormal romances and urban fantasy novels I read, but I love it when the couple strives to save each other from dangerous situations. Not necessarily a damsel in distress situation, but a situation that both parties have a chance at saving the other on a mutual level throughout the story/series.
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Dislikes

1. Insta-anything. Instant love doesn't exist. I've met my tolerance of this trope in the last few years and I'm done with it. I like the books I read to be a little more realistic. Instant love doesn't exist, but lust does. I could live with that if that was the way the book presented it in the first place.

2. Non-consensual anything. It takes two to build a relationship and it also takes two to tango. If one person doesn't feel up to it and flat out says no, then everything stops. I don't care how you rationalize it. 

3. Idiotic secret keeping. Being in a relationship means trusting the other person to varying degrees throughout the relationship. When one or both parties keep life-changing secrets that they know will bite them in the *ss in the long run it ruins the story for me. So why not just rip the band-aid off now and get it over with?

4. When either party doesn't have a backbone. A relationship is supposed to be based on respect and trust for the other person. When only one person gets their way and doesn't consider the ramifications for the other person it starts to get murky. It gets even worse when the person everything is happening to doesn't speak up to say how they feel about the way they're being treated. This goes for either person in the relationship.

5. Love triangles. I once read a quote somewhere that resonated with me and this subject in particular. I don't know who said it or where I read it, but, to paraphrase, it said that when in a love triangle always pick the second person because if you truly loved the first person then you wouldn't have been on the lookout for a second person. Love triangles are exhausting and even though I've liked them in the past I like to think that I've grown out of them.

Do you have any dislikes that will make you stop
reading a romance novel?
Let's discuss in the comments below!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Book Review: Bad Boy Rebels (#1-3) By Jessica Sorensen

Bad Boy Rebels (#1-3)
By Jessica Sorensen

My name is Zhara and my life is complicated. I’ve spent the last couple of years pretending to be a good girl. But that changed the day the Bad Boy Rebels asked me to join a secret detective program and work undercover, pretending to date all of them.

All the guys are sexy and love to get into trouble.

And the number one rule to my assignment of dating them: I can no longer act like a good girl…

I think I’m in way over my head…

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My Review:

A Note: I schedule all my reviews months in advance and at the time of reading this book and writing this review there was no mention that it was a reverse harem story in the title or in the description of this novel. This is a review for the first 3 original novella length books in the Bad Boy Rebels series.

I thought this book was going to go in a completely different direction with its characters and storyline. I'm disappointed with the way it all went. I also realized, a bit too late, that this was originally a serialized novel (meaning that for one complete novel there were a series of mini books). Due to that, everything seemed glossed over and rushed. I couldn't connect with the characters because there was barely any backstory provided.

Zhara seemed to have too much of, what I would consider, bad things. She was too meek, too innocent (for being 18 years old), too apologetic, and her story felt too wrong place wrong time. Everything fell into place too conveniently from the start and it ended up aggravating me more than helping me to like the story.

I didn't understand the reason to have a group of guys be "undercover agents". There was never a reasoning behind why this "task force" was created either. Why have 6(?) guys instead of having just one or two was a persistent question in my mind during this novel. Everything was moving so fast that I couldn't even connect with any of them. Everyone was just one huge blur.

Despite the cliffhanger, I won't be reading the continuation to this series. By this point, I simply don't care what happens to any of the characters. I've enjoyed various books by this author in the past, but this one isn't one of them.

My Favorite Quotes:

"(...) as if ignoring what people think is as simple as breathing."

"Sometimes people have to overthink things. [...] It's part of life."

"(...) [I] felt trapped in a life I didn't believe I belonged in."

My Rating:

Friday, June 8, 2018

My Ramblings: Bookish Breaking Point?

 
Bookish Breaking Point?

Have you ever gotten to a breaking point of wanting, needing to read a book that has yet to release so much that no other book matters? No matter how hard you try to get through it your mind wanders, the story doesn't live up to what you actually want to read, you start losing sleep over an expectation for what could possibly be? 

If so, welcome to the pity party. There are imaginary foods and drinks through that imaginary door. Feel free to stay as long as you please!

On a serious note, I've been going through that for a couple of series and most have lived up to my exorbitant expectations, thankfully! I can truthfully tell you that mentally the days have been long and the sleepless nights have haunted me. 

This state of mind is usually reserved for books that, in my humble opinion, are too good to exist. The author has such a way with words that the novel does more than just tell me a story. It doesn't give me a choice, it makes me see the world the author created through the characters eyes as if everything were tangible. Those are the novels I live for. They are few and far between, but when found they are the reason I continue reading.

Have you ever felt like what I described?
What keeps you coming back for more while reading?
Let's discuss in the comments below!
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