28 November 2013

It Took a Few Books

In the past few days, I have read exactly 5 books and started a 6th. I wanted to read a few and then post a few different reviews since I am still new at writing them and therefore they are still a little short. But anyways, I have read First Kiss by Tara Brown, Trouble by Samantha Towle, Against the Wall by Julie Prestsater, A Beautiful Struggle by Lillian Anderson, and Acquiring Hearts by S. Donahue. Here is a review on three of them. When I finish the 6th book I will write the review for the other three.

Since there are so many I am going to start with Acquiring Hearts since it was the shortest.

Bradley Roberts is a CEO of a major technology company that he inherited from his deceased father. He basically gave up his life at the young age of twenty-three to take on the many responsibilities he was not ready for. Seven years later, Bradley is not ready to settle down but one day he accidentally meets his secretary’s sister, Giavonna Coppi. He immediately has an attraction to her. She's not like any of the women he has dated before. Bradley finds himself wanting to spend more time with her.

Gia is an independent, hardworking lawyer who's been hurt in the past. She invested all of her time into establishing her career. When she meets Bradley she senses the connection but is afraid to give her all.

Can their relationship withstand the dilemma’s that come between them? Are they meant to be together or is it easier for them to be apart. Only time will tell…

This book was not what I thought it was going to be. It started out alright, giving a little background on why Bradley was not that into relationships, but from there it got really confusing. It jumped all around on POVs, including that of some of the secondary characters. The book was very unrealistic in it's timeline of events, and everything felt very rushed. I really felt that this book could have been a lot better if the author had taken the time to develop the characters a little more.

The next book up for review was Against the Wall. I liked this book a lot more than I did Acquiring Hearts. I would have to give this book 4 **** stars. But first, the synopsis.....

Shelly Gelson had it all...a job teaching English at Carver High, her best friend Mel working by her side and engaged to her high school sweetheart Chase Marino. That is until Chase breaks her heart and leaves her for another teacher at the school. Now Shel is left broken-hearted and trying to figure out what she wants while watching Chase and the home wrecker make moon eyes at each other. Enter Matt Fuller, Shel's friend for the past 5 years and the perfect rebound. He's gorgeous, smart, funny and fits into Shel's idea of the right guy. Only problem is there may be more there than just a simple rebound. Is it a way to fill a void left by Chase, or is there more smoldering between these two friends? Find out what happens when the bell rings and the teenage drama ends and the adult drama begins. Who says being a teacher is boring? They obviously haven't met the teachers at Carver High.

The book starts out at the beginning of the school year and Shelly, an English teacher at Carver High, is trying to still get over having her heart broken by her high school sweetheart, Chase. The only problem with that is that she has to work with him and the woman he broke up with her for 5 days a week. Shelly's best friend Mel decides that the best way for her to get over her ex is to get a new man. So they go out to a few different places, but Shelly is rather picky. If she doesn't think the guy has a good choice in drinks, she won't even give a guy a shot. Imagine her surprise when she finally sees a man drinking what she would consider an suitable beer, and it turn out to be her best guy friend Matt.

What follows is a sweet development in the relationship where Matt tries to prove that he isn't just a rebound relationship for her. He even encourages her to go on dates with other guys, because he is confident that Shelly will always come back to him, proving that he is the right man for her. Everything is going perfectly until they go to the New Years party and one thing leads to the next and it's more drama. Everything ends up working out in the end with a Happy Ever After which is all that matters.

Link to buy on Amazon (P.S. This book is FREE at time of posting) http://www.amazon.com/Against-The-Wall-Julie-Prestsater-ebook/dp/B007WFK47U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385686835&sr=8-1&keywords=Against+the+Wall

Next book up is A Beautiful Struggle. This book was alright, earning itself 3 *** stars. Here is the synopsis:

Katrina Mahoney lives in Sydney's western suburbs. She has a very full life attending university to study a law degree, training for triathlons and now she is working part time as well. She couldn't possibly find time for a relationship, especially after her last one ended so catastrophically.

Right now she is content focusing on work, study and training while hanging out with her best friend David Taylor, a womaniser with a heart of gold that would do anything for Katrina - except watch her get hurt again. That is, until the dashing Elliot Roberts, a junior solicitor from her work, shows an interest in her despite their office's 'No Dating' policy.

Katrina struggles with following her heart or following her mind and has trouble seeing where her heart truly lies.
This book is about Katrina who is a law student who wanted to get her foot in the door, so she decided to get a job at a law office. She became the librarian at a nice law office where she worked part time while she finished her law degree. Her first day she meets Elliot, a junior lawyer, who is the stuff women's dreams are made of. There's just this small pesky detail of a no dating policy within the office. And Elliot is the type of guy to not break the rules....at least until he gets to know Katrina. Once he realizes that she is the athletic type and not one to gossip, unlike all the other women in the office that try to thrown themselves at him, he decides that they should try to have a secret relationship.

Now Katrina had gotten out of a pretty bad relationship not too long ago, but she had to be saved by her best friend David. It took almost losing Katrina for David to realize that he loved her as more than a friend, and he gets upset that when she is finally ready to start dating again, she wants someone else. They end up fighting, pushing her more towards Elliot to lean on, at least until he breaks her heart. Everything works out in the end for Katrina and her guy with a HEA.

Link to buy (FREE AT TIME OF POSTING): http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Struggle-Series-Novel-ebook/dp/B00ATC7GLU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385687763&sr=8-1&keywords=a+beautiful+struggle

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