Monday, May 22

B's Monday Review: It Happened on Love Street

Pepper Knight moved to Everland, Georgia, as step one in her plan for a successful legal career. But after this big-city gal's plans go awry, going home with her tail between her legs isn't an option. So when the town vet-and her sexy new neighbor-offers Pepper a temporary dog-walking job, she jumps at the chance. No one needs to know that man's best friend is her worst nightmare . . . or that Everland's hot animal whisperer leaves her panting.

The last thing Rhett Valentine wants is to be the center of small-town gossip. After his first love left him at the altar, he's been there, done that. These days, life is simple, just the way he likes it. But sultry southern nights get complicated once sparks fly between him and the knockout next door. When she proposes a sexy, secret fling-all the deliciousness and none of the prying neighbors-it seems too good to be true. And it is. Because Pepper's determined to leave Love Street, and when she goes, she just might take his heart with her . . . 

My thoughts:
I chose it because of the cover..what?! It's cute :D I make too many NG decisions based on cuteness when it comes to contemporary romance.

Pepper comes to a small town as a step in becoming a lawyer, but something goes wrong and she must stay in this small town. It's a cute town, a friendly gossiping town. Oh and the neighbour is a hottie. As for Pepper herself, she felt this need to take care of everyone, she was afraid to look like a failure and she is driven. She needs to chill.

Rhett the vet. Awww, I like a man who loves animals. He is hounded by the grannies of town to find a girlfriend ;) Haha, poor guy. He is a sweet guy.

They meet, they become friendly, they fall in lust. There is some drama in town. There are dogs. Treasure hunts and a good romance. Her sister shows up too and will find love in the next book, that will be interesting.

A nice romance


Kindle Edition, 368
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Forever
Everland #1
Contemporary romance

Saturday, May 20

Book Review: Surrendered Love by Sondra Grey

Author: Sondra Grey
Title: Surrendered Love (Rogue Highlander #2)
Genre: Historical Romance & Short Stories
Pages: ebook
Published: May 2017
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Amazon Freebie)

Isla MacLeay was forced to flee from her village and into the arms of the notorious Wolf of Dundur, Calum the Black. 

While captured by him, Isla falls in love but is rejected after a torrid and forbidden night together. 

Calum won't marry her and make things right, so Isla is forced to flee once more to find her long lost family and the love she so desperately craves. 

I found this randomly on Amazon a couple of days ago. It was a freebie. Now...I didn't realize that this was a sequel, so I was confused. I went back and read a little bit on the first book, so that got me track. Reading the first book or at least the summary is essential to fully understand the characters and the situation. 

The story follows Isla and Calum. Isla went through some crappy stuff with losing her parents, getting called a witch, running away, being seduced by Calum, and then rejected. After ALL that she finally goes to her aunt and uncle to live. And of course she is preggo, so her uncle demands Calum marry her. Calum does, but it is not a happy marriage at first.

Calum is a total asshat. I wanted to kick him. Isla deserves better, but she is stuck with him because she is all preggo. Yes, yes, Calum has some reasons for having to reject Isla, because he thought she was just a villager. And yes...Isla lied to him, so he is all pissy. He does get a wee bit better at the end.

I am glad it took FOREVER for them to get their HEA, because they had a lot of stuff to sort through. 

I did want more from this. I felt like there was something missing from the story and characters. However, it was pretty good. 

I'll stamp this with 4 stars. A quick read, decent characters, good plot, but there was something missing. 

Friday, May 19

Movie Review: CHOKE (2008)

Film Title: Choke
Length: 1 hr and 32 Mins
Released: 2008
Genre: Comedy & Drama
Rating: R
Where I Got It: Borrowed movie from Friend

A sex-addicted con-man pays for his mother's hospital bills by playing on the sympathies of those who rescue him from choking to death.


I read the book a while ago and I had liked it. It took a while to get myself to actually watch the movie. Not sure why, but I avoided this for a while....well...let me kick myself for that.

This was really good. I loved the cast...I felt they all did a good job bringing the characters to life. I was especially fond of the mom and Victor. They were so funny, but oh so tragic at the same time. 

Honestly, I think that is the whole overall feel of the movie.Funny, but tragic. This whole story really does make you think. I may not have a lot in common with any of the characters but I did connect with them especially with Victor a little not. No - no - not the whole sex addict part, but how he wants to be loved. I think we all can relate to that. Sure, none of us pretend to choke on food to make someone save us. 

FYI there is a lot of nudity and sex in this movie. However, how it was portrayed and filmed in a way that is not awkward or over-the-top. Sure it could offend some people, but what can you do?

I do wish that this had had a bigger budget because it is a unique story and it deserved more attention then it got. Also, I wish it had been longer. I feel there were some important scenes that should've been included especially near the end. The ending felt a little rushed. Good overall, but rushed. 

In the end, a part of me really liked this more than the book. The book was good, but this was great. My only issue was how I felt the ending was a little rushed. The characters were done well. Even with a lower budget, it was filmed and presented well. I do encourage watching this, but I do suggest reading the book first. Out of five stars, I'll give this 5 stars.

Thursday, May 18

Book Review: The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith

Author: Tom Rob Smith
Title: The Secret Speech (Leo Demidov #2)
Genre: Historical Fiction. Thriller, Mystery 
Pages: 416
Published: April 2009
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Used Bookstore)

he Soviet Union 1956: after Stalin's death, a violent regime is beginning to fracture. It leaves behind a society where the police are the criminals, and the criminals are innocent. Stalin's successor Khrushchev pledges reform. But there are forces at work that are unable to forgive or forget the past.

Leo Demidov, former MGB officer, is facing his own turmoil. The two young girls he and his wife Raisa adopted have yet to forgive him for his part in the brutal murder of their parents. They are not alone. Leo, Raisa and their family are in grave danger from someone with a grudge against Leo. Someone transformed beyond recognition into the perfect model of vengeance. Leo's desperate, personal mission to save his family will take him from the harsh Siberian Gulags, to the depths of the criminal underworld, to the centre of the Hungarian uprising—and into a hell where redemption is as brittle as glass

This is a sequel and I do believe you need to read the first book or at least had seen the movie adaptation. There is a lot of references and character developments that need to be read and understood to fully grasp this story. 

This book follows Leo and his family three years after the events of the last book. He and his wife, Raisa, are struggling to raise the two girls they had adopted. The youngest has forgiven Leo for the part he played in the deaths of their parents, but the oldest daughter is a dang psychopath. She hates Leo and blames him for her parent's death EVEN though he tried to intervene AND he saved her and her sister from a life of misery in an orphanage. Leo and Raisa have a lot more patience then I would. 

At the same time of Leo trying to hold his little family together and do well in his secret department that no one can know about. The government realized that someone needs to investigate and take care of any homicides that happen, but the public can't know that Stalin's Kingdom is flawed. 

Things happen and Leo's world is thrown upside down. Poor guy cannot catch a break. All he wants his a happy family and a decent job. 

This was enjoyable, but it took awhile for me to be hooked. The beginning was a little confusing and I had NO idea how the new characters would play a role. I feel like the structure of the beginning needed some major work. I GET what the author was doing, but it just made me confused about who was who and how it all played a part in the story. IT DID make sense once the story got to a certain point though. 

I enjoyed the action and the mystery. However, it did feel melodramatic and not realistic. I'm sorry, but Leo should have died 50 times over the course of the book. I love Leo, but even Jason Bourne would've died along the way...too much "lucky" breaks for him. Also, I questioned his sanity and motives. I get WHY, but really? After everything, you are still willing to jump into Hell and save someone who doesn't want to be saved? Mmmm. 

Also, the main baddie confused me at a certain point. I get the want of revenge and all....but really? *SPOILER ALERT* You are going to work for the government to just get revenge on Leo who was ordered to arrest you BY the government? Wouldn't the main aim be to kill as many government officials as possible? Maybe unite with Leo to bring down Stalin? *END OF SPOILER* Doesn't make sense to me. Silly. 

Honestly, the character developments did intrigue me, especially at the end. I am excited to see what the next book holds for Leo and Raisa. 

In the end, this was pretty okay. The first book was WAY better, but I still enjoyed this. There were some confusing parts and character motivations that left me scratching my head. It was more action-y and melodramatic. Overall, though, I do recommend reading the first book and then reading this one. Out of five stars, I'll give it three.