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Changes: Part 3

Hi Everyone,

As promised here is the positive Part 3 of changes and I promise it will be the last change for today! Plus, it will also contain tons of links and updates.

In Changes: Part 1, I mentioned the new page: The Celestial Book Divas. However, you might have noticed there is another new page. As of this month, I will be writing guest reviews for two different blogs and as I am sure you all have noticed, I like for this site to be organized and user-friendly. Therefore I have moved my guest review information from the page Guest Reviewers to the new page, My Guest Reviews. This way, the Guest Reviewer page will remain all about the amazing women who write guest reviews on here, while the new page will be where you can find my reviews on other blogs. I hope this will make it easier for all of you.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Wendy Review #5

3stars

Entwined with you is the third installment of the Crossfire series. At the start of this installment we find that Eva has found out that Gideon killed Nathan in order to protect her and she is conflicted about her feelings about everything that happened. She was forced to leave Gideon and go back to her own home because the police are still watching them and she doesn’t want them to know that she has gone to Gideon to find out if he really did kill Nathan.

Eva desperately wants to be with Gideon, but she is not sure what Gideon’s motivation was for doing what he did and if he even wants anything to do with her anymore.

I was very conflicted on how I felt about this book I was so excited when It was coming out and I really wanted to like it, and for the most part I liked the storyline, but the problem was there wasn’t much of a storyline. Things really didn’t get started until two thirds through the book. Don’t get me wrong I love a hot steamy book but there comes a point when I’m like, “seriously!” It really became too much and I kept wondering when were we going to get some sort of storyline, some actual forward motion. I know this was originally supposed to be the final book in the trilogy but was somehow extended out for three additional books and so I feel like this was made into a filler book instead of an actual book because we really didn’t get anything of substance, and then there were all these extra crazy storylines that were added like “The Italian Mafia”, disappearances of random people, and incidental pregnancy of characters that didn’t necessarily need to be storylines that are now storylines because they have extra books coming out. Does that make sense? I have to say I’m a huge fan of Sylvia Day and the Crossfire Series, however this book left me very disappointed and wanting a whole lot more. I felt like this story dragged and there was no forward motion of the plot until the end of the book really. I also felt that the ending of this book just really stopped mid scene and in a really awkward moment. I kept flipping Pages thinking is this really where it’s going end? It really wasn’t even a cliffhanger moment, it was just the middle of a scene, and was kind of an odd place.

Like I said I’m a huge Fan of the Sylvia Day and of the Crossfire Series and Yes I had high expectations for this book, But this went way beyond disappointment from my higher expectations and I really felt like this was just a filler book until she could get to the next book.

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Jessica Bowers Review #5

Friends With Partial Benefits
By Luke Young

Jillian Grayson is a beautiful wealthy woman in her late thirties that made her fortune writing erotic romance novels. Her son Rob Grayson and his best friend Brian Nash come home from college for spring break, and spend their time living it up in Jillian’s mansion. At first sight Brian is in total awe at Rob’s gorgeous mom lying out by the pool in what is considered a bathing suit in Florida. Really, she may as well have laid out naked. Rob spends most of his spring break at his girlfriends, in her bedroom, with the door locked.
While Jillian and Brian find out they have much more in common than they expected. They are both so in love with tennis they spend their first whole day just talking tennis and planning to spend as much time on the court as they can squeeze into one week. Things start to get hot and heavy while they play tennis. If someone were listening to the moans and groans coming from the court they would think there was more than just tennis being played. Jillian and Brian are scared of what is happening between them and don’t know where to go with it. That’s where the “friends with partial benefits” comes in.
This is a sweet, funny, romantic, and highly sexual love story. The details are explicit from the description of characters to the love making. It was incredibly hard to put down. The chapters are short, giving you the chance to get the point quickly. I enjoyed how it jumped back and forth from one character to the next giving you everyone’s point of view. A very well written novel easy to follow. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series.

Jessica Bowers
This book was free for Kindle on Amazon.com

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Wendy Review #4

Taken By Storm by Kelli Maine, Book 3 of series

Review by: Wendy

4.5 stars

Taken by Storm is the third installment in the Taken Series. While the story is a continuation of No Take Backs, I think it could be a stand a-lone book.

MJ (Merrick Jr) was hidden his entire life in boarding schools by Merrick’s father “The Old man”. Merrick doesn’t know MJ exists. Merrick Jr. Thinks his father has found out about him and doesn’t want anything to do with him. He has dreamed of the day his Dad found out about him and is crushed.

Maddie was MJ’s best friend growing up, and after high-school they become more than friends. After the best 3 months of MJ’s life, Maddie disappears from MJ’s life with no explanation.

Two years later Maddie shows up with an engagement ring from her current boyfriend, and a decision to make.

I really enjoyed this installment of the series. It flowed well and I really wanted to know what family secret Maddie had that made her run from the love of her life. There was drama, lies, secrets, twists and turns. MJ is very much a younger version of his dad with his impulsive actions and obsession of the only girl for him.

This story is told from MJ’s and Maddie’s perspective, from the past and present, and we find where the other characters from the previous books are at now. In my opinion this has been the best book in the series and I look forward to the next installment.

My only issue with the book was a continuity issue and what Merrick knew and when.

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Wendy Review #3

REVIEW For No TakeBacks by Kelli Maine, Book 2 of series

Review by: Wendy

4 stars

This is a short novella that continues the story of Rachael DeSalvo & Merrick Rocha. In this novella, Rachael & Merrick have finally finished the restoration of Turtle Tear Hotel/Island resort. They have invited both their families and friends. There is some family tension and some new relationships. There are a lot of hot little scenes in this novella and a cliffhanger that will lead into the next book. This story is again told in second person, like the first book, but I think this one was a little easier to read.

I liked this book because you got to see more of the personal relationship with Rachel and Merrick and I also like getting to see the relationships between the families and friends. In this novella with the addition of the extra people, the second person aspect wasn’t as prominent and the dialoged flowed a little better.

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Wendy Review #2

Taken by Kelli Maine, Book 1 of series

Review by: Wendy

3 stars

Rachael DeSalvo is out a club with her best friend. Her friend leaves with a guy leaving Rachael at the club. Rachael notices a hot guy checking her out, and lets him buy her a drink. The next thing Rachael knows is she is bound to a bed where she has been drugged and kidnapped.

Merrick Rocha is a billionaire CEO. In a desperate move decides the only way to get Rachael to accept a job as a Restoration Project Manager for Turtle Tear Hotel/Island is to kidnap her. Poor choice on his part.

Rachael can’t leave her mother, who is emotionally dependent after the death of her father, her roommate/BFF, and her internship. She feels she is needed more at home, and heartbreakingly declines the job she wants at Turtle Tree Hotel.

So, Merrick takes matters into his hands and believes if he can get her to the island she will fall in love and choose it over her obligations. He soon realizes his mistake in handling things in this way, and tells Rachael he will not touch her, she will have to make the first move, if she so wishes.

First let me say, this book was a little difficult to get started on. It is written in the second person, which is told from Rachael’s perspective as if she were thinking to herself about Merrick. So instead of words like “him” or “he” she says “you” or “your.” I personally do not think I have ever read a fiction book from this perspective. This made the first part of the book difficult to get into. I did not notice it as much in the latter half of the book as I got more into the story.

The storyline was interesting because it provided a different take on a version of Stockholm Syndrome. There was some definite sexual tension and weird blurred lines that were, in my opinion, crossed. I didn’t understand some of Merrick’s decisions, but I guess his decision making skills went out the window in the prologue.

Over all I liked the book, but I do wish it had been written in a different POV, I think the second person POV really distracted from the story.

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Wendy Review #1

SHADE
By: Jeri Smith-Ready

Review by: Wendy

Synopsis:

Love ties them together. Death can’t tear them apart.

Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan’s band playing a critical gig and Aura’s plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend’s life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan’s sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He’s gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan’s violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.

It doesn’t help that Aura’s new friend Zachary is so understanding–and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura’s relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura’s heart…and clues to the secret of the Shift.

Review:

Aura is a sixteen year old “post-shifter”. Post-shifters are all kids born after December twenty-first at three fifty a.m., which happens to be the exact time of Aura’s birth. Everyone born after this time, has the ability to see, hear, and speak to ghosts. Aura is after the answers to why the “Shift” happened and how she can undo it. She is tired of being harassed by ghosts everywhere she goes, in her job, at school, and at the mall. She just wants to find peace for her and all the other kids around her.

Logan is Aura’s Irish punk rock boyfriend, who is on the brink of stardom. Aura fears that she is going to lose Logan to his desire to be a star, and to the inevitable flock of groupies to follow. Logan loves Aura and will do anything for her and doesn’t think fame will change him.

After the successful concert and After Party/Logan’s Birthday party, Aura decides this is going to be the night she gives herself to Logan. Logan, however blows it by getting wasted at the party, and after being unable to “Rise” to the occasion, makes a fateful decision to try to salvage the night. After Logan’s poor choice, he accidentally kills himself, and now Aura can see his ghost. The thing she wanted to get rid of is now the one thing she doesn’t want to give up, because having him partly there is better than not having him at all.

Zachary is the Scottish exchange student that comes into Aura’s life as it is falling apart. Zachary is a “Pre-shifter”. He was born exactly one minute before the shift, and is unable to see the ghosts around him. Zackary becomes an outside support system that was not part of her life with Logan and she can escape with.

This is an emotionally charged book that is hauntingly beautiful. Do you let go or hang on with everything you have. How do you move on with your life when your soul mate is no longer with the living. This was a read that I stumbled upon and I am so glad I did. It gets a solid 4 stars from me and it doesn’t matter how many times I read it, I still cry.

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A Fellow Blogger Joins in on the Fun…

Hi Everyone,

I have some exciting news to share with you all today. (And no, it is not related to the BIG Announcement, which will be posted Saturday at 6am EDT.) This bit of news is related to the fact that Ariesgrl Book Reviews is expanding and constantly growing. I am very pleased to announce that Wendy, from Shhh, Mommy’s in the Bathroom, Reading will be writing guest reviews here. You may recall about a month ago, I had mentioned that some of my reviews would be posted on her Facebook page. Well… one night Wendy and I were talking about blogs, books and life, when the idea of being regular guest reviewers for each other’s blogs just sort of happened!

I am thrilled to introduce her to all of you and I hope each of you enjoy the extra reviews that will be coming your way. I asked her to write a short bio to help you all get to know her and here’s what she had to say…

“I am a mom of a 5 year old little girl. Prior to her birth, I hate to say this, but I hated to read. I was a movie girl, went at least once a week. After my daughter was born, little by little we found out about her multiple special needs and eventually found out she had a stroke at birth. To say the least we have had our hands full. When I tried to watch movies at home, I would only get to watch sections of them, and they lost all enjoyment. Then Twilight happened. A friend had been talking about the books long before the movie came out, and I was the person looking at her thinking, I don’t get you. The movie (DVD) came out and I pretty much only saw the end of the movie (which wasn’t the best), but I was left with wanting know what happened next. I know there are haters out there about Twilight, but if it wasn’t for that book, I wouldn’t have fallen in love with reading. It was something I could pick up, and put down and not miss something. It has definitely steam rolled from there. As you probably guess with the blog name, Yes, I would sneak to the bathroom to read, because that was the only time I seemed to find peace. And thanks to Kindle and social media, I have been introduced to so many books that wouldn’t have been available to me otherwise (our local library really seems to sensor what is allowed.) I am now an avid reader and always have some sort of reading material with me.”

I think we can all relate to that feeling of life being so chaotic that the only time we get a chance to breathe is when we run into the bathroom to hide!

Be on the lookout for her first guest review over the next coming days, as well as the BIG announcement on Saturday. In a few hours, I will be back with my latest bookstore book review.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Jessica Bowers Review #4

Not What She Seems
By Victorine E. Lieske

This exciting story of a woman on the run from her terrible abusive past will have you on the edge of your seat. Emily Grant and her four year old son, Connor, are trying their best to keep the past behind them. She is currently on the run until she meets a wonderful, handsome, caring, man named Ethan, actually the billionaire Steven Ashton, and she begins to fall in love. When she realizes who he really is she devises a plan to get money from him so she can disappear for good. But things don’t turn out the way they are planned. Steven refuses to let her get away once he starts to piece things together, he is determined to do whatever it takes to help Emily and Connor so they can live a normal life.
The story has many twists and turns, giving you the opportunity to guess where it’s going to go next and surprising you with every page turn. The chapters are short, making it an easy read. I really enjoyed reading this book and trying to come to my own conclusion using the clues given before the author reveals the truth. The story is very well written and the descriptions are amazing keeping you in the story and helping you connect with each character. If you love plot twists and excitement this is a great book for you.

Jessica Bowers

This ebook was free for Kindle on Amazon.com

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Jessica Bowers Review #3

Kiss Me, Chloe
By Linda George
Book 1 of the Kiss Me Series

“Kiss Me, Chloe” is a sweet story about finding true love when you least expect it. When the lives of Chloe Llewellyn and Kyle Stanton fall apart they decide to go out and search for the things they want in their lives. Chloe from Houston, Texas is done waiting for her high school sweetheart Greg to get his “big promotion” at work and finally decide to marry her and make a family. Greg is too busy, working long hours and not spending any time with Chloe, to even think about marriage. After he has pushed back their engagement more times than a woman should allow she decides to pack her bags and hit the road. She finds herself headed towards the mountains of Colorado. She meets Kyle Stanton on her trip while in a restaurant having dinner. Kyle is a trucker from Colorado, on his way to Ouray, Colorado for his monthly stay with his aunt Byrdie. He invites Chloe to come stay at his aunt Byrdie’s B&B for the Fourth of July weekend. When she arrives she is in awe of the beauty of Ouray. Everything is so perfect, too perfect, even Kyle the handsome trucker who has offered to make her stay the best weekend of her life. Kyle has also been pushed aside by his ex-girlfriend choosing her career over having a family. When Kyle and Chloe go out on the town to see the sights they begin to realize that there may be a reason they were brought together. Chloe tries to fight the feelings she is developing for the trucker, while Kyle grabs life by the horns and goes for the ride. Not afraid of anything, Kyle is ready to show Chloe there is someone for everyone you just have to look in the right direction.
This book was so enchanting the way these two are brought together and the trials they are put through to show them it is meant to be. The author really depicted a picture with her words, describing the wonderful views of Ouray, and the wonderful people that the characters came to know. It is a romantic story with realistic views on true love and how two people can be brought together by destiny. This book had me pulled in from the first page. The story is silly at the right moment and will have you rooting for Kyle to win Chloe’s heart. “Kiss Me, Chloe” is a must read for anyone who believes in true love.

This book was free on Amazon.com

~Jessica Bowers

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