Oct 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #14


Waiting on Wednesday is weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Goal is to connect bloggers and readers trough their most anticipated upcoming reads. So, here is what we on Way Too Hot Books can not wait to grab.

One Love (Gypsy Brothers, #7) by Lili Saint Gremain 






"Will Julz complete her mission for vengeance against the Gypsy Brothers? Or is Dornan still one step ahead?

More shocking secrets will come to light and lives will be lost in this final, devastating instalment of the Gypsy Brothers series."







  
Expected publication date: November 2014

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Oct 21, 2014

Review: INCURSION by Aleksandr Voinov






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When the local authorities ask Kyle Juenger to hunt a shape-shifting Glyrinny spy, he can't refuse. After all, he can use the reward to replace his paralyzed legs with cyberware, and maybe even to return to his home planet. Besides, he hates the morphs-those invasive, brain-eating monstrosities whose weapons cost him his legs.

Kyle's best lead is the Scorpion, a mercenary ship armed to the teeth. Grimm, the "Scorpion's" pilot and captain, fascinates Kyle. He's everything Kyle lost with his legs, and he's from the same home world. He's also of the warrior caste-half priest, half savior. But Grimm's been twisted by life as a merc, and Kyle's stuck undercover as a criminal on the run.

That doesn't stop Grimm from coming on to Kyle, or from insisting he's more than the sum of his past and his useless legs. But Kyle has other concerns-like tracking a dangerous morph who could be wearing anyone's face. And as if things weren't complicated enough, Kyle can't tell if Grimm is part of the solution . . . or part of the problem.





 
 My rating:  ✮✮✮✮


My review:



This was my first time reading sci-fi. It's weird I haven't tried it before since science fiction is something I like, but somehow I've never looked for sci-fi books. That could have gone on for a long time, but I am in the process of reading everything Aleksandr Voinov's ever written, and if anyone's going to get me to try something new, it's him. This book was an excellent start.

Incursion was a great novella. I expected it to be good, but it was better. True to myself, I haven't read the blurb before reading it, so it kept surprising me in the most bestest ways.

This may have been a story set in an alternate universe, with aliens, space travel, and very advanced technology, but it felt very real, and sadly, at times too realistic. As a species, humans are not the most... Oh, hell, why sugarcoat it: we can be quite despicable; the aliens are better off without us. Kyle Juenger can verify that.

Kyle (who I would love to read more about) was a wonderful hero. Scarred, alone, depressed, self-deprecating; I liked him from page one. Actually, I really, really, really liked him. With his situation, and the mission offered to him that could help him out, I just wished for him to successfully finish it so he could have the means to lead a better life; anything to make it easier for him. But, as I said, I didn't previously read the blurb, or else I'd have known that it was in his cards to cross paths with Grimm.

One of those "most bestest ways" this novella surprised me was Grimm. His character slowly but surely wormed his way into my good graces, and I am now his huge fan. I went from thinking of him as a character who would give Kyle a little fun, to him being a means to an end, and I ended up believing he was the end, a very nice end. What can I tell you: the guy grew on me. I loved him.

Aaannnddd, yeah, I absolutely loved Kyle and Grimm together. I didn't expect the story would go in that direction, but it was a welcome surprise. I hope it goes well for them.

Lastly, the world of Incursion seemed interesting and full of stories to tell, personal and political, so I'd be more than happy to read them. Seems such a shame creating a universe and leaving it at only one story. I'd like some more. Pretty please.


 
XOXO
 

Oct 18, 2014

Review: BLINDFOLDED INNOCENCE (Innocence, #1) by Alessandra Torre






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"I'm not sure what you have been told about me, but I'm not nearly as bad as they make me out to be." His deliciously deep voice carried a little bit of ego.

I'm sure you are exactly as bad as they make you out to be….

Brad De Luca is used to getting whatever and whomever he wants. The premier divorce attorney in town, he's a playboy who's bedded half the city—including his own clients. And when the newest intern at his firm poses a challenge, his seductive prowess goes into overdrive.

Pre-law student Julia Campbell is fresh off a failed engagement and happy with her new independence. Even if she weren't warned away from Brad at every turn, she'd know he was bad news. The last thing she needs is a man who could destroy her job prospects, not to mention her innocence. But before she knows it, the incorrigible charmer has her under his spell. His deviant tastes plunge her deep into a forbidden world of sexual exploration…but her heart may not survive the fall.





 
 My rating:  ✮✮


My review:



My experience with Alessandra Torre's books has been a positive one, so it kind of came as a surprise to me that this book didn't continue that. This was the author's first book, but I am so glad it was not the first book by her I read, because it may have made me stay away from her work. Yeah, unfortunately, this book did not work for me at all.

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Going in I knew this book was first published in that dark time when a lot of erotic romance novels were influenced too much by Fifty Shades of Grey, and sure enough I could feel that while reading Blindfolded Innocence, another story about a young, innocent student and a hot billionaire with a secret.

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I'd say the heroines I've found in A. Torre's books so far were strong, cunning, they knew what they wanted and they went for it, and they were very sexually open--that was another aspect of their lives where they knew what they wanted and they went for it. So finding Julia in an A. Torre book was rather baffling. To tell you the truth, the best way I could describe Julia would be: annoying. The woman started getting on my nerves on page one and didn't stop until the very end. The way she talked about herself and others was infuriating. She described herself as a being practically a saint (in regards to her sexual history), and her friends basically as sluts. Julia's game was going home with various men, getting them all worked-up, desperate for her, and then stopping everything and leaving. Apparently she liked the power trip, but how long could she have done that before she ran into someone who wouldn't accept the party was over? That's some risky business there, and it wasn't the only risky thing she did. Also, she said that got her off, except she never actually got off (until Brad, of course), something I found very odd with Julia. The only thing I kind of liked about her was that she didn't seem to fall under Brad's charms too much. Kind of. Mostly, I found her annoying (which I already mentioned), judgmental, and very inconsistent. I wish that in the process of editing and expanding this book before its rerelease those mentions of her subconscious were deleted. They just screamed Anastasia Steele, and when subconscious smacked Julia, I wanted to do the same.

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Before reading, I have seen much drooling over Brad de Luca, so I was looking forward to meeting him. Sadly, his character left me indifferent. His traits and actions failed to get a reaction from me. His womanizing ways did manage to piss me off once, and it was the situation with him and Julia's boss's wife. That was so not cool. Other than that, nothing. Not even the fact he's into swinging got to me. With so many stories and rumors surrounding him I expected a man a lot different than the one that Julia spent time with. Like Julia, I found him inconsistent. Or maybe she was just too self-absorbed to see him for what he is. Whatever it was I didn't like it.

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Julia & Brad together... What can say about that? To make long story short, I thought they met too late in the book, got together too soon, moved too fast, got too personal too soon (and really who shares such personal information with people who are practically strangers to them), and just the flow of their so called relationship felt unnatural.

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The two of them, seemed to me like they were characters who were trying to break free from the mold that was popular at the time, and the roles that were making them miserable, all to become the type of characters I've encountered in later A. Torre's books, characters that felt much more comfortable in their own skin. I could be way off on this, but that's just the vibe I got.

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To be honest, the only person I liked in this book was Julia's boss, the hard-working man who everyone liked to call boring.

However, even with all of these issues, I am continuing with this series, and I will make it to the end. Why? Because I've read many reviews saying books two and three are much, much better, and since they were written much later that this one, when the author published some other books I really enjoyed, I'm inclined to believe those reviews. I hope I'm right.

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Let's continue!


 
XOXO
 

Oct 16, 2014

You by Caroline Kepnes

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Genre:
Psychological Thriller

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Love hurts...

When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe works, he’s instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: She’s gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and as sexy as his wildest dreams.

Beck doesn’t know it yet, but she’s perfect for him, and soon she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realizes, and much more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect fa├žade. Their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences . . .

A chilling account of unrelenting passion, Caroline Kepnes’s You is a perversely romantic thriller that’s more dangerously clever than any you’ve read before.


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***MY REVIEW***

"Have you ever carried a secret around? I mean, a secret as in a lie. And one day you just fucking can't do it anymore. And you just have to let it out?"

It seems that lately I've been on a psycho/sociopath quest when it comes to choosing what to read next, lol. This book wasn't even on my radar until I saw the chilly, intriguing cover and then I read the blurb and couldn't get the story out of my mind so I had to get it.



"You didn't walk in here for books, Beck. You didn't have to say my name. You didn't have to smile or listen or take me in. But you did. Your signature is on the receipt. This wasn't a cash transaction and it wasn't a coded debit. This was real. I press my thumb into the wet ink on your receipt and the ink of Guinevere Beck stains my skin."

Dark, gripping & suspenseful mindfuck.

Meet Joseph/Joe, the bookstore clerk who is also the MC of this book. Right after the first couple of pages you'll come to notice that Joe is a very strange guy. The book is written from 1st pov in a form of his diary which he started writing on one of his 29 typewriters after he had met Guinevere Beck - his love interest, after whom he also named it- The Book Of Beck. Joe is obsessed with books and authors like Salinger, Stephen King etc., movies like Pitch Perfect and 500 days of Summer and Sinead O'Connor's hit "Nothing Compares 2U". He is also a collector of old things like typewriters and sees hidden meanings in everything around him and once you get on his radar it will be hard or even impossible to get off. That's all I'm going to say about the story, because this is a mindfuck and the less you know- the better.

"You sneeze, loudly, and I imagine how loud you are when you climax. 
"God bless you!" I call out. You giggle and holler back, you horny girl, "You too, buddy." Buddy. You're flirting and if I was the kind of asshole who Instagrams, I would photograph the F_K placard and filter the shit out of that baby and caption it: F-K yes, I found her."

It was really hard to get into this story at the beginning and the main reason for that is the fact Joe is a true creep and that's why the writing seemed creepy and hard to get used to. Just read the quotes above and things should be creep...I mean clear :D. While I definitely think that the author did a great job in writing a story from the pov of a madman, at the same time his thinking processes where sometimes really hard to follow and that's why this story will probably be one of those hit/miss stories for readers, especially because there are quite a lot of pop-culture references, some of which I had no knowledge at all and I believe many readers won't, too.

Joe's complex and flawed character and suspenseful tone of his story will also be the main reasons which will keep you turning the pages. Don't be mistaken- this is not a love story. It's more of a psychological thriller after which you'll start to question what hides behind every question, look or smile of a stranger you come across.

And the ending? In my opinion the ending is one of those parts of the story the author could have done way much better. I was mostly satisfied with the way things ended, but the ending was also to some degree anticlimactic, because the story ended in one of the most obvious and predictable ways, especially for fans of dark reads/mindfucks like me. 

All in all, the story had its up- and down-moments. Recommended to readers of dark reads/ mindfucks- read it and decide for yourself!

She squirms her head to the side and her eyes are more beautiful than I realized and she recognizes me and she spits, "You."


The Message Of  This Story: Human mind can be a very dark, dangerous and disturbing place.



XOXO

Oct 14, 2014

Review: TIED (Tangled, #4) by Emma Chase






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In the fourth sexy romance by the New York Times bestselling author of Tangled and Twisted, Drew and Kate can’t wait to tie the knot—if they can survive the pre-wedding festivities.

For most of my life, I never imagined I’d get married. But Kate did the impossible: she changed me. I think we can all agree I was pretty frigging awesome before, but now I’m even better.

The road to this day wasn’t all rainbows and boners. There were mistakes and misunderstandings worthy of a Greek tragedy. But Kate and I made it through with our inexhaustible lust, boundless admiration, and everlasting love for one another intact.

That being said, there were some unexpected incidents in Vegas last weekend that could have been a problem. It was kind of... my final test.

I know what you’re thinking—what the hell did you do this time? Relax. Let’s not judge, or call for my castration, until you've heard the whole story.

And hold on tight, because you’re in for a wild ride. Did you expect anything less?





 
 My rating:  ✮✮✮✮


My review:


We've finally come to the epic finale. Drew Evans & Kate Brooks are tying the knot, and they're doing it with style; huge wedding and whatnot. You see, a small, intimate ceremony was not enough for Drew. Apparently, bagging him is such a miracle that it deserves nothing less than a wedding that will put William & Kate's royal wedding to shame. Always modest, our Drew. Oh, yes we're back to Drew's and Drew's only POV, which is happy news for many.

Up until I started reading Tied I wasn't aware I missed being in Drew's, although sometimes crude, immature, arrogant, and selfish, but very entertaining mind this much. I think I liked the time spent in Kate's, and then Matthew's head almost made me forget that the real star of this show is him: Drew Evans. My apologies to him.

Once again being witness to his thoughts was fun, but what's new, right? To be honest, at times it was creepy. Why? Because he always knew what I was I thinking. It was as if he was reading me while I was reading him. I think he developed some psychic abilities since Tangled.

Before we got to the grand finale that was the wedding, we got a few glimpses in Drew and Kate's life as parents to mini Drew. Sorry, I meant James. (I really didn't.) I think seeing Drew as a dad was my favorite part of Tied. It was so adorable I wished this was a movie so I'd get to see and hear them. I can only imagine what advices and lessons Drew will impart on him. After all, as we've seen so far, Drew is full of wisdom, and is not shy to share it.

Speaking of adorable, the way Drew talks about Kate is really something. And I don't mean that just in a sexual way (though, we all very well know where all Drew's thought about Kate go). It's more like he's put her on a pedestal, and worships her every way he can. To him, Kate is everything, she is perfect, and it's kinda sweet.

Drew has indeed come a long way from that guy with the "flu". He's all grown up, but he is still Drew. And if you read this book, you'll get to see the grown up but still Drew having a bachelor party in Vegas. What could possibly go wrong there? Excellent question!

Also, it was lovely seeing all the other characters again: Matthew, Steven, Alexandra, sweet Mackenzie, her little brother, Warren, and others. I'm sorry to say I didn't really care for Dee Dee in this one. Sorry again.

Lastly, I'd just like to say I've had a lot of fun reading about these characters. Even if they did get on my nerves from time to time, (I'm mostly looking at you Dee Dee), I'm so glad I stuck with them all the way to the end.

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XOXO
 

Oct 9, 2014

Therapist by Jaden Wilkes

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Dark Erotica

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I am a sociopath. 

I know this because I diagnosed myself.

I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology from a very prestigious university.

I am charming, attractive, and you probably want to sleep with me.

I take what I want, when I want, and I enjoy picking the most tragic of all my patients to experiment with.

I have no remorse, I am unrelenting in my pursuit of tragedy, and I am about to meet my match.

Her name is not important, I am only allowed to call her Mistress. She is a femme fatale, a patient, and now an obsession.

She will destroy me, I will do anything to get inside of her.

I can already feel her inside of me.

**Trigger warning. This novel contains situations of perversity and dubious consent. It is not a love story, but more of a journey through a few short days in the life of a madman. What you see is not always what you get, reality is altered through his eyes and sometimes there is no happily ever after.

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***REVIEW***

Have you ever wanted to get a sneak-a-peek in the head of a ... ... sociopath? 

"A sociopath is defined as someone who is suffering from Antisocial Personality Disorder. Sociopaths show a pervasive pattern of disregard for the rights and feelings of others.

While it's common to think of sociopaths as criminals, even killers, such behavior isn't essential to the diagnosis of Antisocial Personality Disorder. Officially, the diagnosis starts out by saying that the patient must be 18 or older and have shown certain behaviors consistently over time and circumstances.

Diagnosing a Sociopath

Here's a look at the personality traits that psychiatrists consider when diagnosing this condition:

1. Required: Self functioning that is:
Egocentric, getting self-esteem from power, personal gain or pleasure; and/or

Sets goals based on personal gratification, without regard to whether achieving those goals is legal or ethical.

2. Required: Interpersonal functioning that:
Lacks empathy - doesn't care about hurting others; and/or

Can't have true emotionally intimate relationships because relates by exploitation that may be by:

*Deceit
*Coercion
*Control by dominance
*Control by intimidation"
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Well then, come and meet dr. Alexandre Dane, a well-known and wealthy therapist, adored by his friends and patients with a big, dark secret.


"I plan my actions always with the idea that I might have to explain them to the police at some point. I'm meticulous in my behaviours so that I will have hundreds of people to back me up if anybody ever accuses me of anything. I'm the nice guy next door who nobody ever suspects."

Everybody who knows him would describe him as the nice guy next door, but in reality- that's just a role he plays. A well-learned disguise for the things that happen behind the closed doors of his office. Looks, money and a harem of women willing to do everything his dark mind requests- he's got it all, but nobody knows the true Alexandre Dane and they'll be quite surprised when the mask falls down.

Every once a while, when the books I read get a little repetitive, I pick a read out of my comfort zone. Something new and unpredictable where I won't guess every next step of the plot. This was that type of read. The story is not for everyone. It's a dark erotica and a big mind-fuck with a lot of kink. The main character is a true sociopath with dubious redeemable qualities who will lie, cheat, manipulate and worse in order to get what he wants. Yes, there's more to him and his story than meets the eye. You will like him, hate him, want him, be scared of him, pity him. You'll be torn between feeling sorry for him and being disgusted by him. That's all I'm going to say.

Considering the topic, there are a lot of mixed reviews about this book. Some loved it and there are some who hated it and didn't see the point behind the story. For me, well, the idea of this story is good. I think the author did a pretty decent job when it comes to writing the story from the pov of a sociopath. There were some parts which I really liked and there were also some parts I thought could have been done a lot better (like f.e. the parts with the mysterious Mistress) and the one thing that's unquestionable is that the book is in need of a good editor. 

And the ending? Well, with some minor issues with the way the author developed the story- I really liked it! I definitely did not see that coming and I love when that happens, because lately, with the books I read it happens quite rarely.

All in all, if you are fan of dark reads and you want to read a dark erotica/ mindfuck with an anti-hero for a MC, give it a try!

"I know I'm an asshole. I get it. Most of you are probably hitting close on your kindle app right now, but hang in there. I might be a piece of shit but it makes for a good read. I guarantee I'll have your cunt dripping by the time you finish our crazy fucking ride. "

xoxo

Oct 8, 2014

Seeds of Iniquity (In the Company of Killers, #4) by J.A. Redmerski







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*BOOK SUMMARY*

Victor Faust’s new Order is growing. Business is good as there is no rest for the wicked in an underground world of hardcore criminals and contract killing. Relationships among the operatives have changed little over the past year—but things are about to change now, and all six high-ranking members of the new Order will be blindsided by an unlikely enemy.

Loved ones whose only ties to Victor’s organization are their relationships with its members, are abducted. The price to get them back safely—the six must confess their deepest, darkest secret to this mysterious young woman named Nora, who is as deadly as she is beautiful, and who seems to know more about each of them than they know about each other. And although no one has any clue about who Nora really is, it becomes clear that she also isn’t who she appears to be.

So much more is at stake than secrets and the lives of innocent loved ones; with each member that Nora forces to confess, the truth about their dark pasts and their present objectives will cast suspicion, pit some against each other, and may tear others apart.

Before the game is over everyone will know who this woman is and why she is here, but the damage she will leave in her wake could be the beginning of the new Order’s destruction.

Whose dark secret will be the darkest of all? And can Victor’s Order survive any of them?


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*MY REVIEW*

Seeds of Iniquity is book 4 in the Company of Killers series and is, in my humble opinion, the best one so far. It was well plotted out and we have real character development. I think that with each book this series continues to get better. 

Nora Kessler. The main reason I enjoyed this installment so much is the appearance of a new character. And not just any character. Enter Nora – kickass, fierce new female in the gang. I have to say I’m quite pleased we got another female in the series. Izabel was getting lonely. Nora is a very good addition and the book was all the more interesting because of her presence. 

Speaking of Izabel, the only reason I was annoyed sometimes while reading is her POV. I was never her biggest fan, but here she really rubbed me the wrong way when she was acting insecure or like a crazy, jealous girlfriend.

But generally speaking, I’m satisfied with how Seeds of Iniquity turned out to be. It was suspenseful – who is Nora and what does she ultimately wants? What secrets will the six of them reveal? I feel like we really got to know them; we find out more about Dorian and Niklas, even Victor. 

Even though Fredrik is kind of my favorite, I was very curious about Niklas. From book #1 in fact, when we didn’t know should we love him, should we hate him, should we trust him? There’s something intriguing about his carefree manner and I hope that more attention is given to him in the future books. 

Furthermore, as some readers may or may not know, Seeds of Iniquity was actually supposed to be a Fredrik & Seraphina prequel and I was excited about that. But now, I think this was even better because we still got glimpses into everyone’s past, but the story moves forward. And I’m very curious where the story will go on. I loved that the ending leaves some things to guessing and destinies of certain characters are left vague. 

Overall, Seeds of Iniquity is a very good installment and the main reason I loved it is because it leaves me eager about the future of the Company of Killers.


xoxo,
Beatrix

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