Friday, September 28, 2012

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

5 Stars

Four years ago, Jocelyn Butler left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Edinburgh. Burying the grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without any real attachments has worked well for her so far but when Joss moves into a fantastic apartment on Dublin Street, her carefully guarded world is shaken to its core by her new roommate’s sexy older brother.

Braden Carmichael is a man who always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Jocelyn in his bed. Knowing how skittish Joss is concerning any kind of relationship, Braden proposes a sexual arrangement that should satisfy the intense attraction between them without it developing into anything ‘more’. An intrigued Jocelyn agrees, completely unprepared for the Scotsman and his single-minded determination to strip the stubborn young woman bare…to the very soul. description

My thoughts before reading: I have heard really great things about this book. I am trying to comeback from a back reading experience so I pray this does not let me down.....


My after thoughts; I was huge ball of emotion while reading this book. It grabbed hold of me from page one and did not let go. I found myself crying for what might happen. Suddenly afraid to turn the page for fear that what is about to happen would tear my heart out.
   The love story is magnificent. What Braden and Joss have is epic. It takes time for them to get there but the journey is the greatest part. 
 I am on a book high today and I am sure it will quickly be followed by a book hangover this afternoon. I am adding this to my must read list. I don't really have an actually list but if anyone asks, "So, what do you recommend?", this will definitely be at the top.

Happy Reading!! :-)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

South of Bixby Bridge by Ryan Winfield

1 Star

About to turn 30 and being discharged from drug rehab, Trevor Roberts is sure he's hit bottom with nowhere to go but up. He soon learns that sometimes the "bottom" is just the beginning. With more twists than California's Highway 1, the intimate narrative follows a young man on a wild month-long ride to the dizzying, drunken heights of Napa Valley excess where he falls fast for his new boss's intoxicating wife and becomes entangled in a strange threesome affair. But things soon begin to unravel as Trevor is drawn into a secret world of sex and scandal, only to have his lust for success drag him down again through a phantasmagoria of hedonistic hell. description

Thoughts before reading; I am going to be 100% honest. This book was a side ad on facebook one day. I saw the pic and thought, "Hmmmm, who is this wavy haired hotty with his hair blowing in the breeze?" I read the description and thought I would give it a try.........


My after thoughts; Ok I don't like doing bad reviews so I am gonna make this as quick and painless as possible.

  I tried. I really did, but I could not get through this book. The inability to get into the story was the main problem. I feel like some major editing and it could have improved by miles. The use of quotation marks, or rather the lack thereof, had me so confused sometimes as to whether the character was thinking to himself or actually speaking aloud. Sentences were short and choppy, had they been combined it would have made it flow so much better. And lastly, I feel that it was way over priced for and ebook. I have purchased books but more well known authors who have topped the chart in sales for lots less......

Happy Reading!! :-)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Breathe by Abbi Glines

4 Stars

(Sea Breeze 1)

Sadie White's summer job isn't going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother's increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother's job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn't spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn't impressed by Jax's fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationship's never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can't breathe without Sadie.

But can their love overcome the disparity in their lifestyles? Or will they have to learn how to without each other breathe again? description

Friday, September 21, 2012

Love Unrehearsed by Tina Reber

4 Stars

(Love 2)

At last, the rest of the story that began in Love Unscripted.
There is no rehearsal for true love.

When A-list movie star Ryan Christensen ducked into her pub to escape his screaming fans, never in a million years did Taryn Mitchell think her life was about to change forever.But now, eight months later, after a whirlwind romance, Taryn wakes up in Ryan’s Hollywood hotel room to find a diamond to die for on her left ring finger—and her face splashed across the cover of every gossip magazine.

Ryan’s very public proposal is catnip to the tabloids, his management team is worried, and Taryn must figure out how a small town girl like her fits into his glittering world. What does it take to make a relationship work amidst telephoto lenses, daily on-set temptations, and jealous fans who will stop at nothing to keep you from walking down the aisle with the man of your dreams?

With no script to follow and no chance for a dress rehearsal, Taryn and Ryan will be forced to take the plunge into real life and risk everything to make their love last. description

My thoughts before reading; Squeeeeeee!!! K I gotta go..................


My After thoughts;  I was once again sucked into the lives of these characters and I just love living there. I don't know if there will be more books in this series, but I can say with 100% certainty if there is I will be reading them. Very heartfelt love story.

Happy Reading! :-)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Futures and Frosting by Tara Sivec

5+ Stars

(Chocolate Lover 2)

Carter, Claire and Gavin have formed the perfect little family. Their friends are getting married and everyone is growing up, maturing and ready to face the future. Or are they?

From bachelorette party hell, porn addictions, dinner roll baseball and botched wedding proposals to finding out everyone's extended family is chock full of crazy, Carter and Claire begin to question the strength of the ties that bind them. Unfortunately, these ties have nothing to do with fuzzy handcuffs and everything to do with the mounting differences between them.

Will their friends make a mess of things with their inappropriate comments and need to know everything, or will they convince the couple that happily-ever-after sometimes really can start with beer pong? description

My thoughts before reading; So I had this all set up as my Waiting On.... post for Wednesday. BUT, surprise!!! Early ebook release day, Yippee!!! I am so excited (/-,-)/ woo hoo


My after thoughts; I am pretty sure that for the rest of my life this will be one of the series I will recommend to every single person I know.

    For the past several months, since reading Seduction and Snacks, I have been looking for a book that would leave me with the same "bookish afterglow". And well apparently it just wasn't possible. I needed Claire's internal rambling. Carter's word vomit. Drew's, well, Drew-ness. Liz's kick azz friendship. Gavin's ability to make me smile. (He totally makes me feel better about teaching my nieces and nephew to call people questionably appropriate names.) I have, at this moment in time, already used the term JUICE BAG twice (well now that makes 3).

    I smiled, I laughed, I snorted, I cried sappy tears. I said the words, Oh no she DIDNT aloud only to turn the page and have them repeated back to me, which then had me once again laughing. And now I will completely embarrass myself and say that I may have teared up just a smidge when I read the words, The End.  Tara Sivec, you are awesome girl!! I hope to read many more things by you in the future  

PS; If you have not read Seduction and Snacks, please do! I promise you will not be disappointed. 

Happy Reading!! :-)

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Redhead Revealed by Alice Clayton

5 Stars

(Readhead series book 2)

As their careers catch fire, Grace and Jack -- everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed, funny, and feisty couple -- find themselves on opposite coasts. Grace has landed in New York City, where she loves being onstage again, particularly because she’s playing a fabulous character in a musical written by her old college flame, Michael. Their rekindled friendship makes exploring the city that much more fun.

Wait, it’s just friendship, right?

Meanwhile, in L.A., Jack can scarcely keep up with the swirling throngs of women who track him everywhere he goes, the endless press appearances, and the ridiculous rules his manager, Holly, keeps concocting for him -- all part of the buildup to the release of Time, his steamy new film.

Thank goodness for phone sex.

But even when their schedules allow them to connect, Grace and Jack must keep their relationship off the radar and away from paparazzi cameras. Sure, the sex is sensational, but can this duo survive swirling rumors, the demands of their chosen professions, Grace’s raging internal battles, and a whopping nine-year age difference?

Tick-tock, the clock is ticking. Isn’t it? description

My thoughts before reading;  So, I read the first book in this series and I was all set to sit down for several more book with these characters and I find out there is only two, TWO?? Sheesh, I was looking forward to many more.......

Friday, September 14, 2012

Lengths by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt

4.5 Stars

Nineteen-year-old Whit Conrad leaves her conservative Pennsylvania home for sunny California, looking for independence, a fresh start, and a place to stash her grief. She promptly finds a job at a tattoo parlor, a craptastic first apartment, and one friend—Ryan—who is a little less friend, a little more benefits.

Deo Beckett is a soulful surfer with a passion for tattoos and beautiful women. On the eve of his twenty-second birthday, he finds himself living with his grandfather, recently unemployed, and seriously adrift. He doesn’t know much about what he wants out of life, but he does know his current situation isn't cutting it.

When Deo meets Whit, she’s all sexy makeup and fierce, smart-ass fun. It doesn’t take him long to see past her tough shell. And when he gets a good look at what's under all the superficial stuff that usually gets his attention, it leaves Deo wondering if there might be more to life than living fast and free.

Too bad Whit has a past she doesn't plan on sharing—no matter how hot Deo is. She might want him, but she knows better than to let her guard down.

Deo falls for Whit, and falls hard. But everything about her, down to that mysterious tattoo and the way she thrashes in her sleep, tells him that the girl he loves is hiding something. And the more he pushes for answers, the more Whit pulls away.

Having your guard up is one thing, but are the lengths Whit goes to to protect her secret worth throwing away the second chance she has at happiness with Deo? description

My thoughts before reading; After reading the Brenna Blixen series by Liz Reinhardt, I decided to check out a few others by her. Jamie McGuire, whom I also love, shared a link for this book on Amazon. It was on sale and who doesn't love a sale?!?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Waiting On........

Publication Date: September 25, 2012 
Series: FALLEN ANGELS (book 4)

Out of the wickedly inventive imagination of #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward comes a world where sin and salvation collide in a battle for the future of mankind—where a cynical fallen angel struggles against the seven deadly sins and a demon’s lure over seven chosen souls…

Mels Carmichael, reporter for the Caldwell Courier Journal, gets the shock of her life when a man stumbles in front of her car outside the local cemetery. After the accident, his amnesia is just the kind of mystery she likes to solve, but she soon discovers they’re in over their heads with his past. Over their heads with passion, too...

As shadows walk the line between reality and another realm, and her lover’s memory begins to come back, the two of them learn that nothing is truly dead and buried. Especially when you’re trapped in a no holds barred war between angels and demons. With a soul on the line, and Mels’s heart at risk, what in Heaven—or in Hell—will it take to save them both? <---- Click to pre-order

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton

4.5 Stars

(Redhead #1)

When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actor, it's a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best friend and agent, that dream could become a reality, but at thirty-three, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? Will an unexpected sizzling romance with the entertainment industry's newest "it" boy shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life? description

My thoughts before reading; This book has been recommended to me by several different people and I have heard it is a very light and funny read. Since I am currently working on "Operation Find a Book that will make me laugh like Seduction in Snacks that can hold me over until Futures and Frosting is released in October" I figure I would give it a shot and see if it does the trick. So maybe the name of my covert operation is a little long but well...... So what!?! *winkies*

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Friends with Partial Benefits by Luke Young

3.5 Stars

(Friends with...Benefits series book 1)

Jillian Grayson is a disillusioned divorcée and best-selling romance novelist who suddenly can't write a chapter without her hunky male heartthrob suffering ED, an STD, or even worse. Brian Nash is a tennis-obsessed college senior who's unlucky in love and the roommate and best friend of Jillian's son, Rob. When Rob brings Brian home for Spring Break, and Brian meets the surprisingly young and tennis passionate Jillian, their shared interest quickly develops into an intense mutual attraction. After nearly giving in to their feelings, they hatch a plan, while under the influence (of something more than just the perfect Miami night), to be Friends With Partial Benefits, complete with rules to define the boundaries. Will the lonely pair continue with this distinctive relationship, actually explore their desires, or discover all of it is a really bad idea? description

My thoughts before reading; Tara Sivec, author of Seduction and snacks, had this book as recommendation on her facebook page. Since I almost PMSL reading S&S I thought, "This has to be good!" And being that I am kinda in mourning for another series I am thinking a light and funny read might just be the perfect medicine for my broken heart.........

My after thoughts; I will start out by saying this was a really fun read. The characters were very easy to love and I enjoyed every single minute of this book. However, I went into it expecting a laugh out loud experience and I did not get it. It is a light and entertaining read with lots of sexy times. But the comedy aspect wasn't really there for me.
And now we shall take a little trip into my brain and you will learn why I named my blog "Lost-In-Thought". Because there are two trains of thought going on up there at the moment and I am starting to develop a slight headache..........

  As I am sitting and typing this review I can't help my thoughts from wandering to the following statement made on
Please note that this is a less explicit version of another currently available novel. For more information please see the author page.
 So, I went in search of the more explicit book and found the following;
Young also writes "spicier" books under the pen name Ian Dalton. If you like your sexy comedy heavy on the sexy, be sure to check out Dalton's Victoria Wilde series. For more information on how Ian Dalton's Victoria Wilde series relates to the Friends With...Benefits series please see the "Who Is Ian Dalton" area of his website.

 This book was also released in 2011, several months after to the original FWPB. So I can't help but be curious as to whether or not the only difference is the amount of sexual content. I am now on a mission to find someone who has read both versions. And I am also torn as to whether to continue this series as written by Young or Dalton. I guess it all comes down to how much raunch I am in the mood for. And being that I post EVERYTHING I read right here for you guys to see, I guess you all will also know what type of mood I was in. *blushes*

Happy Reading!! :-)