domingo, 8 de abril de 2018

As She Fades By Abbi Glines



On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend Crawford are in a terrible car accident that leaves Crawford in a coma. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college, for a bright future full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken.

Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale's brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can't deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she's not immune to Slate's charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship.

Then, Crawford wakes up . . . with no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale opts to leave for college and move on with her life. Except now, she's in Slate's territory, and their story is about to take a very strange turn.

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For me its always hard to review a book of Abbi Glines, because even though I usually like the story as a whole, I never like her characters, they´re always the same. The girl, who is super beautiful and super nice, and selfless, and thoughtfull, and a lot of other adjectives describing how superb she is. And the boy, who its always the stud, who likes to play Ash Ketchum and "Catch´em all" and then they see how wrong they were with their ways when they meet the selfless, thoughtfull girl.

I mean, come on, one book like this, we can tolerate, even two, but all of them? 

And, As She Fades, even though has a little of a twist plot, wasn´t really a original one.

I don´t know what else to say, besides, I´m sorry. I don´t like to give bad reviews. I know every author puts their sweat and blood to write a book, but I can´t say it was supergood, or that I loved. But I do can say, it was better than her last books, which I couldn´t even finish.

You probably are asking yourself: "Why did you keep reading if you hate them so much?"

First of all, I didn´t hate them, I just did´nt like that much.

And, I loved the Vincent Boys series, I don´t even remember if the girl and boy in this series were like the others, but I remember that I liked when I first read them, and I keap reading her books, waiting to find another one that I like that much.

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Para mim é sempre difícil fazer a resenha de um livro da Abbi Glines, porque apesar de eu gostar da história como um todo, eu nunca gosto de seus personagens, eles são sempre os mesmos. A garota, que é super bonita e super simpática, altruísta e atenciosa, e muitos outros adjetivos descrevendo como ela é maravilhoa. E o garoto, que é sempre o garanhão, que gosta de interpretar Ash Ketchum e "Catch'em all" e então eles vêem o quão errados estavam com seu jeito de ser quando encontram a altruísta e atenciosa garota.

Quero dizer, vamos lá, um livro como esse, podemos tolerar, até dois, mas todos eles?

E, As She Fades, embora tenha um pouco de uma reviravolta na história, não foi algo original.

Eu não sei mais o que dizer, além de me desculpe. Eu não gosto de dar críticas ruins. Eu sei que todo autor coloca seu suor e sangue para escrever um livro, mas eu não posso dizer que foi super bom, ou que eu amei. Mas posso dizer que foi melhor do que seus últimos livros, que eu nem consegui terminar.

Você deve se perguntar, por que você continua lendo os livros dela, se você os odeia tanto.

Primeiro de tudo, eu não os odiei, eu simplesmente não gostei muito. E eu adorei a série Vincent Boys, nem me lembro se a garota e o garoto desta série eram como os outros, mas lembro que gostei quando os li pela primeira vez, e continuo lendo, na esperança de encontrar outro de livro dela que eu goste tanto quanto "Vincent Boys".

Breathless By Celeste Bradley



I was given an ARC in exchange of an honest review.

A sensuous, delightful romantic women's fiction novel from New York Times bestselling authors Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan!

She was "the Swan." London's premiere courtesan. Men want to be with her. Women loathe her success and yet admire her beauty, her riches, her independence. But when the jealous wife of her lover moves to have the Swan banished from her home on the high seas, she winds up crashed against Spain's rocky coast with no shoes, no clothes-and no name. Taken in by a tortured, sensuous man known as The Artist, the Swan comes to know the woman she wants to be—her artist's siren.

When Art Professor Brenna Anderson is in danger of losing her post at Harvard, the rule-following, prim professor is at a loss of how to salvage the shreds of her life. But when a new painting in the mysterious Siren collection is discovered in a dusty old house in France, Brenna does the unthinkable—hops on a plane to uncover the identity of the beautiful, enigmatic woman who is the subject of the paintings.

There's just one hitch—the frustrating, irritating, bold and beautiful art hunter, Fitch Wilder, is also looking for the Siren. He's been a thorn in Brenna's professional side for years, but when their individual quests lead them to team up despite being enemies, a whole new sumptuous world of art and culture opens up for the two of them. And with it, they enter a realm of passion and love…
 

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I´m so lucky, lately all my requests at Netgalley have been accepted, which means I get to read my favorite writers for free. Can get it better than that? Yes, it can, and it does. Because, even if it is one of your favorite authors, it does not means you like the book. But, I´m that lucky, not only I get to read them for free, I also enjoyed them. And Breathless, its no different. I like it very much.

Not only was well written, its plot didn´t have holes.  Even with several small intertwined stories, it was never confusing.

The Swan and her Artiste certainly deserved more time together, but the time that they did have together was beautifullly enjoyed.

Brenna and Fitch were perfect together, and their search made them found not only the Swan´s real history, but theirselves. as individuals and as a couple. Whatelse could they ask for?

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Eu tenho tido muita sorte, ultimamente todos os meus pedidos na Netgalley foram aceitos, o que significa que eu posso ler meus escritores favoritos de graça. Pode ficar melhor que isso? Sim, pode e fica. Porque, mesmo que seja um dos seus autores favoritos, isso não significa que você gosta do livro. Mas, eu estou com muita sorte, não só eu posso lê-los de graça, eu também gostei dos livros. E Breathless, não é diferente. Eu gostei muito, amei.



Não só foi bem escrito, como também seu enredo não tinha buracos. Mesmo com várias pequenas histórias entrelaçadas, nunca ficou confuso.



O Cisne e seu Artista certamente mereciam mais tempo juntos, mas o tempo que eles tiveram foi maravilhosamente apreciado.



Brenna e Fitch são perfeitos, e sua busca os fez encontrar não apenas a história real do Cisne, mas também a si mesmos. como indivíduos e como casal. O que mais eles poderiam pedir?


The Boy And His Ribbon by Pepper Winters



I was given an ARC in exchange of an honest review.

“What do you do when you meet your soul mate? No wait…that’s too easy. What do you do when you meet your soul mate and have to spend a lifetime loving him in secret?
I’ll tell you what you do.
You lie.”

REN

Ren was eight when he learned that love doesn’t exist—that the one person who was supposed to adore him only cared how much he was worth.
His mother sold him and for two years, he lived in terror.
But then…he ran.
He thought he’d run on his own. Turned out, he took something of theirs by accident and it became the one thing he never wanted and the only thing he ever needed.

DELLA

I was young when I fell in love with him, when he switched from my world to my everything.
My parents bought him for cheap labour, just like they had with many other kids, and he had the scars to prove it.
At the start, he hated me, and I could understand why.
For years he was my worst enemy, fiercest protector, and dearest friend.
But by the end…he loved me.
The only problem was, he loved me in an entirely different way to the way I loved him.
And slowly, my secret drove us apart.
 

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OH.MY.GOD! How else could I start this review? Pepper Winters has overcome herself in this book.

Before this book, I read the Dollar series and I loved, but this one... It doesn´t have words enough in the world to describe how much I liked.

I can start saying that I wake up real soon as in really soon 4:30 am, go to gym, then work, then college, and I´m home again by 11 pm. So I´m particularly criterious about my sleep time. I never let myself be awake after midnight, ´cause I also need to sleep besides all that adult stuff I do. But, I couldn´t put this book down, I just couldn´t. I went until 1 am, wich is not so late for some readers, I know. But, for me, in a week night? It´s like go to sleep at 5 am. And it was only one hour before the book was over. I went to work reading (even if reading on the bus makes me nauseous), and I read in my lunch time, wich I was supposed to be studying, since I was in a exams week. And when my lunch time was over, I only had 6 minutes left to complete the book.  Can you believe it? Me neither. Do you know how frustrating that is? So, what did I do? I read it anyway, of course. Because, who could resist?

But, talking about the book. What a unexpected plot. So well written and so engaging. And the characters, I loved them all, but Ren and Della were absolutely amazing. I loved them, from the very beginning to the bitter end. How could they be that perfect for each other and didn´t see it?

I´m still marveled at how perfect this book was, did I say I loved? NO? Well, I did. A lot. And I can not wait until The Girl and Her Ren is released. Can June 5th come already?

Della and Ren, hang on. Your time is coming soon. Love you all.

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AI.MEU.DEUS! De que outra forma eu poderia começar esta resenha? A Pepper Winters superou-se neste livro.

Antes deste livro, eu li a série Dollar e amei, mas esta ... Não tem palavras suficientes no mundo para descrever o quanto eu gostei.

Eu posso começar dizendo que eu acordo muito cedo, tipo, muito cedo mesmo, 4:30 da manhã, vou para a academia, depois trabalho, faculdade, e estou de volta em casa, às 11 da noite. Então eu sou particularmente criteriosa sobre a minha hora de dormir. Eu nunca durmo depois da meia-noite, porque eu também preciso dormir além de todas aquelas coisas adultas que eu faço. 

Mas, eu não consegui largar este livro. Eu fui até 1 da manhã, o que não é tão tarde para alguns leitores, eu sei. Mas, para mim, em uma noite de semana? É como dormir às 5 da manhã. E faltava uma hora para o livro acabar, quando finalmente dormi, mesmo que contra a minha vontade. 

Eu fui trabalhar lendo (mesmo que ler no ônibus me deixasse nauseada), e eu li na hora do almoço, que eu deveria estar estudando, já que eu estava em semana de provas. E quando o minha hora do almoço acabou, eu só tinha 6 minutos faltando para acabar o livro. Você sabe o quão frustrante isso é? Então, o que eu fiz? Eu li mesmo assim, claro. Porque quem poderia resistir?



Mas, falando sobre o livro. Que enredo inesperado. Tão bem escrito e tão envolvente. E os personagens, eu amei todos eles, mas Ren e Della foram absolutamente incríveis. Eu os amei desde o inesperado começo até o amargo fim. Como eles podem ser tão perfeitos um para o outro e não perceberem?



Ainda estou maravilhada com o quão perfeito este livro é. Eu já disse que amei o livro? NÃO? Bem, eu amei. Muito. E eu não posso esperar até que The Girl and Her Ren seja lançado. 5 de junho, meu lindo, você já pode chegar.



Della e Ren, esperem. Sua hora está chegando. Amo vocês.

domingo, 1 de abril de 2018

Royal Match by Parker Swift



I was given an ARC in exchange of an honest review.

What to expect when you're royally expecting

In five years of marriage to Dylan Hale - the hottest (not to mention most deliciously insatiable) duke in England - I've learned one cardinal rule: Never say "no" to the Queen. Her orders? I'm to be the matron of honor at the royal wedding of the century... which is, coincidentally, my due date. Dylan's plan is to seduce me into an early labor to avoid this royal ruckus. So now I'm caught between the Queen's command... and my sexy duke's desire.

The Royal Scandal series:
Royal Affair
Royal Disaster
Royal Treatment


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A Royal Match its a short story, for those of us who are missing dearlu Dylan and Lydia.

Its very sweet, no urgent matters, a walk in the park in a lazy afternoon.

Its very frustrating in a parents kind of way, if you know what I mean.

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Uma história curta, para aqueles de nós que sente a falta do Dylan e da Lydia.

É bem doce, calmo, uma caminhada no parque para uma tarde perguiçosa.

É bem frustrante, no ponto de vista de pais de crianças de colo, se é que você me entende.




Taking Chase By Lauren Dane


I was given an ARC in exchange of an honest review.

Cassie Gambol is on the run. In what seems like another lifetime, her ex-husband nearly ended her life and effectively ended her successful career as a vascular surgeon. But even though the justice system found him guilty of attempted murder, he fled while awaiting sentencing and Carly Sunderland became Cassie Gambol. Fleeing Los Angeles, she heads to small and off the map Petal, Georgia to start her life again. 

Shane Chase, a man whos held himself away from commitment since his fiance dumped him several years before knows the beautiful newcomer is hiding something. He's wildly attracted to her strength and her underlying vulnerability as well. But the last thing Cassie wants is another big, overwhelming man who wants to control her life. 

A battle begins between Shane, who knows what he wants and Cassie, who tries to keep a distance between herself and the very handsome sheriff. But Cassies ex is back and he wants her dead. 

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, some violent situations.

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I love Lauren Dane´s books and I was rather excited to receive this ARC, but it though it was a good book, I kept remembering Dance Upon The Air, the first book of the Three Sister´s Island Trilogy by Nora Roberts. It was very similar, we have a woman running away from a maniac ex who will stop at nothing but murder, and a over protective sheriff as a new romantic interest. In a small town where they come to hide and found friendship and love.

I am not saying it was a bad book, not at all. It was good, and I thouroughly enjoyed, but as a huge fan of Nora´s books, and being Dance Upon the Air, one of my favorites. I guess Taking Chase would always wind up short. 

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Eu amo os livros da Lauren Dane e fiquei bastante animada em receber este ARC, mas apesar de ser um bom livro, eu ficava sempre lembrando de Dançando no Ar, o primeiro livro da trilogia da Magia da Nora Roberts. 

Achei muito parecido, temos uma mulher fugindo de um ex maníaco que não vai parar por nada, a não ser assassinato, e um xerife super protetor como um novo interesse romântico. Em uma pequena cidade onde ela vai para se esconder e acaba encontrando amizade e amor.




Eu não estou dizendo que foi um livro ruim, pelo contrário. Foi bom, e eu gostei bastante, mas como uma grande fã dos livros da Nora, e sendo Dançando no Ar, um dos meus favoritos, acredito que "Taking Chase" sempre ficaria faltando algo.

domingo, 25 de março de 2018

Shiver By Suzanne Wright



Kensey Lyons has never had ‘normal’. Instead, she has a mother who lives in her head, a stepfather who’s on death row, and the stigma that comes with being the child of an extramarital affair. Writing has always been her escape. Knowing the reception her books receive will be tainted by her personal life, Kensey secretly writes under a penname when she’s not working part-time at her godmother’s bar. Her world might not be exciting, but she likes it exactly as it is. 
When she meets alarmingly compelling businessman Blake Mercier, the snap of attraction is instant. She doesn’t like it. Doesn’t want to be drawn to this man who is blatantly dangerous, carries dark secrets, and lives life by his own rules. Neither of them make a great first impression on the other, so she’s more than surprised when he begins to pursue her with a single-minded focus that is unsettling, thrilling, and infuriating. Her gut tells her to keep her distance, but Blake won’t let her run. Won’t give her space. 
There’s another person who won’t give her space. Someone who has discovered the secret of her penname and who seems intent on taunting her. And as Kensey struggles to identify her persecutor, Blake is by her side, determined to keep her safe … because Blake Mercier always holds tight to what’s his. Always.


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I´m a huge fan of Wright´s work. I loved "From Rags", the "Dark in You" series, and many other books by her.

And this one couldn´t be different.

Sometimes Blake was a little ( I mean, a lot) over the top. He was invasive, and too forward in his way to conquer Kelsey, but it didn´t bothered me. I felt as a part of the story, it was necessary, because she was really closed off, and if Blake wasn´t like that, they would never pass through the first stage of  chemistry they felt toward each other.

And, oh my, what a chemistry they had. It was "melting panties" kind of chemistry.

The plot was good, the mental diseases subject wasn´t treated lighlty. I loved how much Kelsey understood her mother limits, because of her issues. 

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Eu sou um grande fã do trabalho de Wright. Eu amei "From Rags", a série "Dark in You", e muitos outros livros dela.

E este não poderia ser diferente.

Às vezes Blake era um pouco (quero dizer, muito) demais. Ele era invasivo enquanto tentava conquistá-la, mas isso não me incomodou. Eu senti que era necessário, parte da história, porque a Kelsey era uma pessoa muito fechada, e se Blake não fosse assim, eles nunca passariam pelo primeiro estágio da atração que sentiam um para o outro.

E, Meudels, que química eles tinham. Era do tipo "calcinha derretendo".

O enredo é bom, o assunto das doenças mentais não foi tratado levianamente. Eu amei como a Kelsey entendia os limites de sua mãe, e aceitava mesmo sendo difícil pra ela.



When Bruce Met Cyn By Lori Foster



I was given an ARC in exchange of an honest review.


When Opposites Attract. . .
Bruce Kelly has spent most of his life helping people who are down on their luck, guiding them toward making better lives. Compassionate and kind, Bruce understands that everyone makes mistakes, even if he's never actually done anything but color inside the lines. Nobody's perfect, but Bruce is about to meet a woman who's perfect for him. He's determined to show her that he can be trusted. And if that means proving it by being the absolute gentleman at all times, then so be it. No matter how many cold showers it takes. . .

. . .Just Get Out Of The Way
Cyn Potter is a survivor, with a sassy, gallows wit and a fierce independent streak to show for it. She's used to men wanting only one thing, and this girl is no longer taking applications from big bad wolves in sheep's clothing, thank you very much, drive through please and keep on going. But Bruce Kelly is actually different. Totally hands off. Sometimes she can see a hint of fire when he looks at her, but the guy treats her with the respect she's always wanted. Maybe too much respect, because truthfully? The guy is fine. Worth taking down a few defenses for. . .and a few other things. And maybe somebody needs to help Bruce start over and discover just how perfect being imperfect can be. . .
 

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I love Lori Foster´s books, and was really happy to receive this ARC.

It was a good book. Bruce and Cyn certainly were opposites, but they fit together like rice and beans (sorry, brazilian reference here, hahaha). Also they had so much chemistry, they let me hot and bothered.

It was beautiful how he kept his distance just to make sure she didn´t felt overwhelmed by it.