Reading After Dark

Reading After Dark

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Reveal Me by Cari Quinn

51 pages, Adult Erotica
Unveiled #1
My rating: 3 stars


Alana MacGregor craves excitement, but when her sometimes lover dumps her at a popular sex club, she wonders if she’s outgrown her live-fast-and-recover-later lifestyle. The last thing she expects is to run into the nerdy guy she rebuffed in high school—or for him to rock her world in ways no other man ever has.

Hot on the trail of a story, Carter Nicholas can’t believe his luck at encountering the one woman he’s never forgotten. He’s come a long way from being a wall-hugging geek. Now he gets all A’s between the sheets. But can he convince Alana he’s her sure ticket to an unforgettable night—and maybe much more?

My 2 cents

  I picked this one up for free on my Kindle the other day.  This was a fairly quick read with not a lot of substance.  Sex scenes seemed to dominate, which wasn't unexpected...but there was all these inner thoughts between the two MCs during these scenes, so it seemed to ruin the flow a little for me.  I did like the characters, but the book lacked a basic plot, probably because it was so short.  There wasn't much of an ending, either, which ws my biggest complaint.  The sex scenes were hot and steamy, though, so if that's what you are looking for, you'd like this one!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ten Tiny Breaths by K A Tucker

262 pages, NA Contemporary
Ten Tiny Breaths #1
My rating: 5 stars


Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

My 2 cents

This book was an emotional roller coaster ride!  I fell in love with it--Kacey, Livvie, Trent, little Maia, Storm, and crazy funny Ben!  The story made me experience every emotion.  I was laughing out loud on some pages, drooling over Trent in others, and tearing up by the end.  Just know if you read this, you might want to read it in the privacy of your bedroom, not out in public.  People will be staring at you!

Our MC, Kacey, has had a tough time of things.  She was in a horrific car crash when she was 16.  Her parents, best friend, and boyfriend all died in the crash.  She was the only survivor, but she was badly injured, and underwent many surgeries and physical therapy.  4 years later, she has buried all of out down deep, and has run away with her little sister, Livvie, who is 15, to Miami.  Their current guardians were not good at all, so Kacey vows she will get a job and take care of her sister.

She doesn't expect to meet so many great people who care about her and Livvie in Miami.  Especially Trent, her new next door neighbor, who does things to her no one have ever done before.  Trent was yummy goodness all wrapped up in a somewhat "bad boy" exterior.  The romance in this one was fabulous, and not typical at all, which I enjoyed.

The story has an amazing cast of characters, and they are what made the book for me.  Kacey's neighbors, boss, and sister make up as much of the story as Trent does, which was refreshing.  The story felt so real, and I think that was in part to the characters.

But this book is all about Kacey, and her trying to find her way after tragedy.  She is full of rage and hurt, and the book bounces around a lot, depending on her mood swings.  She thinks she has it all figured out, but she's not even close!  There is a major twist at the end that I did not see coming at all!  The ending was perfect.  The entire book was perfect.   I think this may have been the best book I've read so far this year!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Playing Hooky Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Playing Hooky by Rita Webb
Series: Paranormal Investigations #1
Publication: January 21st 2013
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella (100 pages)

Valentine’s Day.

And my 21st birthday.


Just another college day full of classes and more homework than is humanly possible.

…until Jason, my best-friend-since-kindergarten, shows up to take me out for the day.

Like old times: the two of us on a wacky adventure, playing hooky from real life. With his lopsided grin and tickets to a circus full of misfits and monsters, he introduces me to a whole new world—one full of magic and mystery—and turns my reality upside down.

Except nothing goes as planned, and we end up running through the city to find a missing siren before someone brews a love potion with her blood.

Sirens and love potions, witches and elves, and Valentine kisses. Nothing will be the same for me again



Leaving the house to go to school, I had schoolbooks spilling out of one hand, the other holding my place in a Nancy Drew novel, and bunny slippers still on my feet. My mom was a wee bit upset.

I haven't changed much. Still always have a book (or two) in my hand or creating stories in my head, and although I don't have any bunny slippers, I love writing in my jammies and snuggly slipper socks.

When I grow up (maybe a hundred years from now), I'd like to be a superhero, but for now, saving the day, one page at a time, suits me just fine.

With my husband TJ (my own cuddly werewolf), I home-school our three girls, who keep us busy with art, science projects, books to read, dance classes, and walks about the park.

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My 2 cents
My rating: 3 stars

Playing Hooky is a paranormal YA romance, although the characters were older.  There isn't any graphic love scenes, though, so the story is appropriate for all teens!  Jason shows up on Emma's birthday to take her on another adventure, a birthday tradition for the best friends.  While Emma thinks they will probably go skiing, Jason actually plans to show her his secret life.

This is a short novella highlighting their adventure.  It is a dual POV story between Emma and Jason. We learn early on that Jason is in love with Emma and has been for years.  Emma tried to make a move on him when they were 13, but it ended badly, so she's always stuck him in the "friend" category.  The relationship between Emma and Jason is the best stuff of the story, and I really want there to be more!

I felt that the paranormal side wasn't fully explored, and it seemed way to easy for Emma to accept so quickly.  Not a lot really gets explained about Jason himself, either.  The adventure was very good, though, and the ending was a beautiful scene!  I'm hoping we get to learn more about Jason in the next book!

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