Friday, March 30, 2012

Trust in Advertising by Michelle Michaels

Trust in Advertising -- a hot and cold rollercoaster

The story is told from both Alexandra "Lexi" White -- a seemingly shy woman who takes some hard knocks in life but manages to overcome her shell of disbelief as well as harbouring a major crush that has grown over the years for her boss (Vincent).

And Vincent "Vince" Drake -- a naive, arrogant, hot-and-cold and blind "hottie" who is Lexi's boss who deals with his demon -- naivety to achieve true love and success. Not only that -- he deals with his past deceptions (people walking out on him, letting him down and leaving him alone) and turns from the cold and bitter fool to a joyful, warm and loving.

The thing i really loved about this book was definitely the banter between Lexi and Vincent but not only that -- the growing attraction between the two..

But Vincent has a choice to make:

Exhibit A: Lexi (~basically i told you about at the top~)

Exhibit B: Jade (a superficial model -- blatantly shallow and bitchy who is extremely narcissistic)

~Despite this  who does Vincent choose the girl that is good for him -- NOOOOO~

He chooses Jade because she's the safe option -- she could never get close enough for him to open up his heart to her. 

Instead he fights his growing attraction and love for Lexi -- His family loves her and encourages her to go after him but Vincent's past has made him bitter, angry and mistrusting of people and see her as the key to unlocking his real self. 

It all comes down to a loyalty and trust issues...scandal rocks the family advertising firm and sometimes things don't look the way they actually are -- does he trust Lexi ~the "unsafe" option?? Quoting Vincent -- What the Hell??~ or Jade ~Severe megabitch who loves terrorising everyone -- the apparent "safe" option?? Once again quoting Vincent ~

Who is telling the truth? Can Vincent -- who has been let down, lied to and betrayed in the past recognize loyalty and truth? 

This story follows it's own formula for contemporary romance rather than the normal script. 

~FYI not very much sex scenes -- just some hot kisses -- finally a first because most contemporary romantic books have to have sex in it to portray a "loving relationship" but this book had  an intense sense of longing, attraction and emotion of a relationship without it -- YAY YAY YAY~

Lexi's years of silently loving this boy now man -- seeps into you ~because I definitely felt the longing~
I felt the hurt -- seeing him with Jade. 

Victoria Michaels  does a wonderful job showing Vincents growing attraction and addiction to Lexi as he contemplates letting Jade go to take a chance and trusting again.

To be honest the ending wasn't all that great -- it was extremely rushed -- after reading so many romance novels -- I MISS THE SEX SCENES! -- no matter how big or small

The scene at the end with them interacting with Vincent's family again was pretty vague -- What of Sean and Hope or Christina and Julian (even though it featured Christina and Julian) -- it wasn't deep.


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Young Love Murder by April Brookshire

Annabelle, an emotionally cold girl who is an assassin -- turns out into a loving flower: falls head over heels in love with the "The Love Interest" Gabriel, a hot headed arrogant guy who is hell twisted on revenge ~Those who've read this would know

Gabriel is everything she wants and cannot stop thinking about him, even though she told herself she would never fall in love -- she's an assassin who doesn't need emotion turmoil to wreck her jobs. 

Except Annabelle is contracted to kill his druglord father ~Awkward?~

The story follows Anna and Gabriel's relationship, watching them fall in love and the rollercoaster ride that follows  ~There is so much that happens in this story: fights, betrayal, shootings...and thats just between the happy couple~  

Thankyou -- the book contains two perspectives -- ~Obviously Annabelle and Gabriel~

But having two perspectives can have its downfalls:

1.  I felt like the book could have easily been split into 2 books = 2 perspectives?

2. For me, it felt really long -- had 2 different plots ~It just dragged on and on and on and on, when i thought it was going to end -- it just didn't stop~

And I would find myself snorting or laughing out loud to the snarky, sarcastic inner monologues of them both -- the romance was good considering it wasn't a love at first sight...  The characters are great, not to deep, but fun none the less. 

But other than that, I enjoyed every bit ~Except the fact that it dragged on and on and on

Young Love Murder was pretty good read and I look forward to book 2 in the series -- if there is one.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Her Perfect Revenge by Anna Mara

~Three words.. Her Perfect Revenge -- a definite emotional roller-coaster~

 This book is a perfect example of the push and pull attraction between characters that I love so much. 

Lets start with the main characters: Bill, a rich, arrogant playboy jerk who basks in his father's riches and will stop at nothing to remain there - even get married.

And Christina, a photojournalist who is hell bent on extracting her revenge on Bill, who humiliated her immensely during her freshman year which forced her into boarding school.

Together they create immense  heat and friction without even being a couple. There is banter, wit, fighting, backbone, back stabbing,  conniving and heartbreak however the fires of love are ignited between the two -- all leading to a very satisfying end..

~So Anna Mara, thank you; you actually made the protagonists work for that happily ever after~

Some people who have read this book already definitely criticize the book for some of its clich├ęs and its unrealistic decisions but I must say -- they didn't board the emotional roller-coaster of the book and truly revel in its glory.

 The positives definitely outweigh the negatives in the book, the banter is comical and sexy at the same time. I found the characters believable -- basically they were easy to empathize with as they were well written. 

The multiple schemes from each character is easy to keep track of. Anna clearly intertwines them together very well. All the main characters had a scheme to play out -- leading to the big bang..

 Everyone scrambled to watch their backs, everyone learned about each other and ultimately discovered themselves.

I felt nervous at the right times, I felt excited at the right times, I felt foreboding at the right times and my heart broke over and over again as I knew it lead to something BIG.

I highly recommend this book to readers of romance, wit, strong characters, relationship tension,  hopeless romantics and those who love to watch Gossip Girl.