Review: Revved

Race car mechanic Andressa “Andi” Amaro has one rule—no dating drivers. With a good reason behind the rule, she has no plans on breaking it.

Carrick Ryan is the bad boy of Formula One. With a face and body that melts panties on sight, and an Irish lilt that leaves women on their knees, begging for more. He races hard and parties harder. The youngest driver to ever sign with F1, he’s still at the top of his game five years later, breaking hearts on and off the tracks.

When Andi is offered her dream job working in the glamorous world of F1, she leaves her home in Brazil, positive she can handle working for Carrick. But she’s not prepared for the off-the-chart sparks that fly the moment they meet.

Now, Andi has a crush on the one man she can’t have, and her resolve is about to be put to the test, because Carrick has decided he wants Andi, and he plans on testing her to the very limit. 

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Author: Samantha Towle
Pages: 411
Published: March 22, 2015

It got me awhile to decide if I should finish this book or not. The start was a bit sticky and it took sometime to get the natural flow into the book. Once I got going I was glad I didn’t stop because it got better towards the end. The dialogue between Andi and Carrick started to feel more normal, like how people would actually talk to each other. And once they established that, wow, was it hot between these two, or what?! Carrick is a bit cocky, player who has revolving door in his bedroom and I loved his intensity and self-confidence  which he showed when pursuing Andi. Without wanting to give any spoilers, the scene at the empty bar was seriously panty melting stuff!

That’s about everything I liked in Revved mainly because that’s about everything there was in the book. The whole book concentrated around Andi and Carrick’s relationship and I wanted her to have a deeper relationship with other characters, I wanted there to be some point for them to be in the book. It just felt like they were introduced so that they could push Andi towards Carrick. They were so two-demsional, they had no depth in them that it drove me crazy sometimes.

And although I loved reading the Andi and Carrick moments because they were intense and hot every time, it just felt like this could’ve been a hundred pages shorter than it was. There was just so much back and forth going, that it seemed like the plot was just repeating itself and I found the ending to be a little too easy. After all that breaking up and getting back together, I found it hard to belive that this time they would actually stay together. It just read ”they were working on their problems” and we were just magically supposed to believe it.

Honestly, I would’ve probably given this book three stars if it hadn’t been the hot sexual language and sex scenes that were written so amazingly. I saw there was another book in the series that is about a new couple and I’m going to check it out, just to see if it has so panty melting moments also.

P.S I was a little hesitant about reading this at all since I like Formula One and was afraid Towle wouldn’t get her facts right. Eventhough the cars and the races were pushed aside little too much (but that’s just me, because I like sports I want to read about them!) she obviously had some knowledge or did her research. So points for her for that!

Review: Waking Olivia

 

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Author: Elizabeth O’Roark
Pages: 330
Published: March 14 2016

His father’s debt, a failing farm and a floundering track team. College coach Will Langstrom already has too many responsibilities, and the last thing he needs is Olivia, a beautiful new addition to his team with a bad attitude and a troubled past.
Abandoned and broken, Olivia trusts no one — especially not the cocky track coach the rest of the team adores. But when her past is revealed to Will, she discovers another side to him — one she could grow to love. Forced together by a secret no one else can know – and breaking university rules to do it – Will and Olivia’s connection deepens. As does an attraction that could cost them everything.

“They’re all looking at him like he’s Prince Charming and Christian Grey rolled into one.”
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“The need for her was sharp, urgent, painful, unlike anything I’d ever felt. At that moment, there was nothing in the entire damn world I wanted more than her.” 

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I had a big exam coming in the morning, I knew I should go to sleep but I just couldn’t stop, I couldn’t pry my eyes off the pages. My exam started at 10 a.m and I went to sleep at 3 a.m and it was totally worth it!

I loved both of the main characters and the chemistry between them was off the charts. Will is good looking and cocky but most of all he’s caring and kind. He loves his mother and hates letting people down, he is basically like the ultimate boyfriend. Olivia, on the other hand, is not kind nor caring. She has some major attitude problems and at first it ticked me off but it turns out it was covering something soft and sweet inside. I liked that we got to see how she grew and started letting people close.
O’Roark let their feelings grow and the characters got to know each other before jumping between the sheets and I really appreciated it. There were some really steamy scenes where you coud feel the sexual tension boiling and you were left just waiting for it to explode. It was all very natural and believable without being boring. And when the explosion finally happened… huh, it left me all sorts of hot and bothered.
Also the switching point of views really worked in this book. They added something to the story, letting us see it from the both sides, understanding both of the characters better. I liked that they both had such strong personas, that I could tell what was whose thoughts by not even looking at the chapter title. The dialogue was smooth as well and over all the language in the book was very good (or maybe my sleep deprived brain just couldn’t comprehend any mistakes).
One of the supporting characters, Jessica, bothered me a bit. The idea behind her was great and brought extra drama to the story but I think she was sometimes a bit over the top and not very believable character. Other than her, every character served a purpose and was important for shaping the story and it’s rare for these days to find a book with good supporting characters.

All in all, I liked both of the main characters, I liked that there was a real story that nicely supported the love story but was just as important for the heroine’s growth and I liked how naturally things happened. I think I’m going to add this to the books that hold a special place in my heart(I need to build a bigger buildcase in there, it’s getting kind of crowded!). I need to check out O’Roarke’s other books to see if they’re all this good. I’ll post reviews about them to let you guys know.

P.S The exam was awful and I don’t think I’ll pass the course, but like I said, it was worth it!

 

So… Hi!

After hours of trying to figure out how to change the blog’s appearance to my likings, I’m starting to write my first blog post. I think this is the hardest part in any project: the start. I want this to be perfect and I’m probably writing and rewriting this for hours before finally posting it. So here goes nothing.

I love books. I love reading. I think it’s obvious if you keep a book blog but I just wanted to state that. What kind of books you ask? Well, mostly romance but I love any good book I can get my hands on. Sci-fi, YA, fantasy, thriller, non-fiction, basically anything that has a good story. There are a lot of books that hold a special place in my heart and the list changes from time to time. But there are some hall of famers that will always stay, for instance, The Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter (of course), All the light we cannot see and The Deal by Elle Kennedy to name a few.

Other things I love beside books? Coca-cola (I’m slightly addicted, can’t live without it), Ben&Jerry’s Cookie Dough, stormy nights, cuddling under a blanket with a cup of tee and watching some of my favourite TV shows (Chicago Pd, Chicago Med, Supernatural!!, The Originals…). And ice hockey. One thing I’m known for among my friends is that I absolutely love ice hockey. Maybe I should rephrase: I love watching ice hockey. I can’t even skate myself, so I’m sitting safely at the bleachers. But my love for ice hockey may even over run my love for books. Well at least it’s a very close tie. So if you know any good hockey books, give me a shout!

I’ll try to post regularly but if you don’t hear from me I’m probably studying my ass off at the library trying to keep up with all the work required at my university, binge watching on Supernatural or sleeping because I’ve stayed up all night watching hockey. But I’ll try my best to keep everything running smoothly.

So stick around for my book reviews!