Doon & Destined for Doon

17745703Doon & Destined for Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon
Published : 2013
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 : ebook
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3star Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for…or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

I picked up all four books in the series at once. I was that sure that I would love them. I mean they take place in Scotland for crying out loud. It’s a given that I’ll love them. Well they were okay, but I will probably DNF the rest of the series. I’ve never seen the movie/play/book this is based off of, so I have nothing to compare it too.

For DOON I really enjoyed the book. It kept me engaged and the pacing was great. I loved the princes and Mackenna. Veronica annoyed me for most of the book, but that’s okay. Throughout the story Veronica goes from one extreme to the other. She wants to be with her price, but then she doesn’t because she doesn’t think she’s good enough. She’ll save the kingdom and leave and let him be happy, but then she doesn’t want to leave and takes the crown from him. Granted she had to, to save his life and the lives of everyone else, but I was kept saying that she needed to make up her mind and live with it.

The first book ended like I expected it too, but it did have a nice surprise for me. I expected Mackenna to actually stay in Doon and be with Duncan. I enjoyed that I was surprised for that. After finishing this book I went straight for the second one. I wanted to know more about how it all ended.

DESTINED FOR DOON was a bit of a disappointment. I’m not sure why it’s been a trend with me lately but I really enjoy the first books, and then barely make it through the second ones. Honestly I couldn’t even tell you what happens between Veronica and her fella, because I skipped most of it. My main motivation in reading the second book was to find out what happened with Mackenna and Duncan.

It’s very unlikely that I’ll continue with the series, because I found myself not caring about any character by the end of the second book. It’s not that they were terrible books, but I couldn’t keep my interest in them.

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At Any Price

19182873At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey
Published
 : 2014
Version Read
 : ebook
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1star Achievement Unlocked: Geek Virgin

When Mia Strong, proud geek-girl and popular gaming blogger, auctions off her virginity online, she knows she’ll make waves. But what she will not be making is a love connection. Her rules are set in stone: One night. No further contact.

It’s a desperate step, but it’s the only way she can go to medical school and pay her mother’s mounting hospital bills.

Difficulty Level: Millionaire CEO

Adam Drake, the enigmatic auction winner, is a software prodigy who made his first million at seventeen. Now, in his mid-twenties, he’s sexy, driven and–as CEO of his own gaming company–he’s used to making the rules. Before Mia knows what’s happening, he’s found the loophole in the rules of her auction. Every stipulation she’s made to protect her heart gets tossed by the wayside.

She can’t tell if he’s playing her…or if he’s playing for keeps.

I hated this book. I will have to DNF the series, because there really shouldn’t be more than one book. It’s full of tropes that are annoying and the characters are even worse.

I thought that it had an interesting summary. Girl gamer decides to sell her virtue for real money in an auction. Sure it’s happened in real life, I can go with it. But the rest of the package was just not good. The plot was terrible and very standard. The characters fell flat and there was unnecessary drama that should not come from adults. That’s the one thing I had to keep reminding myself. These were adults, not teenagers, but they acted worse some times.

The only redeeming quality about this book, was all the references it made to the gaming world. It’s a world I know every well and I enjoyed those aspects of it. Other than that this book is not my cup of tea. Sorry.

The Fill-in Boyfriend

23291575The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West  
Published
 : 2015
Version Read
 : ebook
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4starWhen Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

Right along with my romantic contemporary reads, I started this bad boy.  I enjoyed the heck out of it and almost read it in one sitting. The characters were well written and with just the right amount of angst to keep the plot going.

Although Gia is not my favorite heroine, I loved the heck out of Hayden. For once, we have a guy that is not shady and seems like a genuinely good guy. Where are they at in real life? Anyway, their feelings toward each other are a little too insta-love for me, but I can easily over look it.

I enjoyed the relationship Gia had with her family, and it wasn’t a great one. I thought her brother was a little mean with his video, but I get the point he was making. Gia was shallow and only worried about how many likes/hits she got. I thought that helped drive the plot to where she would realize how crazy she is and straighten up.

It wasn’t the most original story, but it was so well written and I loved the characters so much that I will probably re-read this one again.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

15749186To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han 
Published : 2014
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 : ebook
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3starTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

I wanted this book to be so much more than it was. I had a quite a few problems with it in terms of plot and characters, but for what it was, I did enjoy it and I picked up the second one right after finishing this one.

I thought that the plot had so much potential but it ended up being a normal teen romance story. One that I thought was predicable and unsurprising. The major redeeming quality that I loved about this story was the strong family connections. I loved that the parents were present and involved in the story. Sure, it’s sort of a cop out to have Lara’s dad work all the time, but when he was at home it was magic.

I was confused almost throughout the whole story (actually I still am) about why Lara and Gen weren’t friends anymore. I also wish that Lara Jean had more girlfriends. I didn’t care for one friend who was never around and always into trouble.

Even though it seems like I didn’t like this book, I still think it was a decent story. I flew through it in about 24 hours. The romance was cute and I really enjoyed the idea of Lara Jean and Peter. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves YA contemporary.

Roadside Assistance

27969091Roadside Assistance by Marie Harte
Published : 2016
Version Read
 : ebook
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3starFoley Sanders figured he’ll always be content with a life of cars and casual hookups. Until a run-in with Cyn, a statuesque firecracker with a hate-on for men, leaves him bewitched and intrigued-much to her annoyance.

Maybe Cynthia Nichols was a little hard on Foley, that muscular, tattooed, super-hot mechanic next door. But she’s tired of feeling defensive about her size and has sworn off men. She’s got a new job, new life, perfect plan. Foley has trouble written all over him-no way is she going to fall for his charms.

Foley might look like a bad idea, but underneath, he’s all gentleman. Too bad Cyn’s not buying it. What’s a bad boy to do when the goddess of his dreams won’t give him the time of day?

This book was nothing like I was expecting. I mean sure, it’s a romance book and has lots of sexy time, but the story was very well done and tasteful. I related to Cyn more than I thought I would and Foley was a great male lead. It was nice to see that for once, it wasn’t the guy who ended things near the end of book. He was the same from start to the end and didn’t cheat, stray away or change. I appreciated this most in the book.

As someone who is not or has never been skinny, I enjoyed Cyn’s story arc in the novel. Her relationship with her mother is something thankfully I’ve never experience, but I do know that it happens. I was happy to see that she came to understand what all of the digs was doing to her and her relationship with Foley. She got the help that she needed and was better for it. Again I was happy to see people stand up for her when she thought no one would.

I don’t read too many adult romance books, but I really liked this one and I plan to read the rest in the series because I want to know more about those handsome mechanics.