Short Reviews (2) | Disappointment at its fullest

September 24, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 8 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Short Reviews (2) | Disappointment at its fullestRock & Release
by Riley Edgewood
Series: Summer Love #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: January 2, 2015 by Victory Editing
Format: eARC
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2 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

She wants something easy. What she needs might be something else...

Cassidy Evans is looking for an escape over her college summer break. And when one night with a few too many martinis leads her to sexy guitarist, Gage Logan, she may have found exactly what she needs.

He's sweet and hot, and in the bedroom he's enough to make Cassidy forget her own name. Multiple times. But as her heart opens to Gage, feelings she's been trying to avoid slip through, too. Regret over her rocky relationship with her parents. Pain from her brother's recent death. Guilt over a fallout with her best friend... As much as she craves Gage, she can't unlock her heart the way she feels he deserves.

Enter Luca James, international rock star and lead singer for Gold Rush Standard. Cassidy can't stand his music. She can't stand his arrogance. And, when he sets his sights on more than the drinks she serves him, she especially can't stand how she's drawn to his no-strings-attached flirting.

Soon Cassidy will have to make a choice: ignore her heart and go after the carefree life she covets, or stand strong to face a bittersweet reality.

Either way, she risks losing everything she truly wants.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Cassidy drops out of an internship to work at a club. It is there where she meets Gage and her new friends. But Cassidy isn’t really sure of what she wants and while trying to figure it out, she hurts the people that care for her the most.

To me, Cassidy was a very self-absorbed character. She doesn’t deserve the love that Gage provides. It is true that they didn’t really define their relationship in the beginning but she betrayed and hurt Gage. View Spoiler » For the majority of the book if not all, I couldn’t stand Cassidy. There was no real character development in her until the very beginning and by then, my opinion of her had been made

On the other hand, Gage is the sweetest character and he doesn’t deserve someone like Cassidy. He was there for Cassidy through anything and everything and even after the betrayal, he was still there for her. Now, Vera was a great addition to the story. She is Cassidy’s co-worker and she brings life to the story, which I totally loved.

The story could’ve been done a whole lot better than it was or at least change Cassidy’s character. I recommend this to those that love lots of sex scenes and drama.

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About Riley Edgewood

Riley lives in the DC area and spends most of her time with her characters, playing with her toddler and husband, and pretending she knows how to be an adult. Former dancer. Current writer. Lifelong lover of accessories, books, and the beach. And cats. Can't forget the kitties. Of which she has two.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Short Reviews (2) | Disappointment at its fullestA Taste of Pleasure
by Antoinette
Genres: Erotica
Publication Date: September 29, 2015 by Atria Books
Format: eARC
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Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

What would you do with a considerable inheritance? For one woman with a voracious appetite for pleasure, it's all about satisfying her diverse tastes in the kitchen and in the bedroom. In this scintillating erotic debut by Antoinette.

When London Shelby's beloved and unconventional grandmother passes away, leaving her millions of dollars and a philosophy of pleasure without pressure,the twenty-six-year old paralegal decides to live in a lavish and sensuous manner that honors the sybaritic spirit of the woman she looked up to.

Yet London is not without her demons, and her lifestyle opens her up to emotional upheaval when she falls for a married man. London's craving for Deacon Wayne is overwhelming, and when he moves abroad, her world begins to fracture.

Driven to sate the hunger that consumes her, London embarks on a string of clandestine affairs, fully giving in to the dark side of herself. But there are always consequences when one lives for the moment, and there's no guarantee that London will be able to emerge unscathed.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I was expecting to like this book so much but I didn’t. I struggled with it so much! The main character, London, was so naive at the beginning and then she would sleep with anyone she found attractive. If it had been done well, I wouldn’t have minded this but London was so irritating that I couldn’t stand anything she would do. I want to stop reading at 10% but I continued to 25% and ended up skipping to 55% and still, nothing that would catch my attention. I ended up finishing the book but it never got better. I have read erotic books that have been done super good but this? I can’t even with it.

This book was filled with backstabbing characters, the writing was sloppy, the story wasn’t captivating at all.

0.5 stars

About Antoinette

Antoinette was the pen name of Louise Victorine Nagel, also known as L.V. Haverkotte-Nagel.
She wrote Miniaturen (1876), Nieuwe miniaturen (1879), Gure lente en Heideroosje (1882) and Ontwaakt als een vlinder, en twee andere fantasieën (1885).

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  • Aw I am so sorry that these were such disappointments 🙁 Especially the second one, yikes! Though I would have been so mad with the girl in the first one too. Also, totally random, but I love that the Goodreads page for the second book shows the author as some European lady from the 1800s bwhahah. Hope your next books are MUCH better!

    • Gosh, I couldn’t stand it.
      I know right?!!

  • Yikes sorry these didn’t work out for you!! I am also off to Goodreads to check out the author of the second because Shannon totally has me curious! Hope your next reads are much better!

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    • It’s sad really. And yes, that author’s bio is weird.

  • Awwww no! I’m sorry you were so disappointed with these. I’m very bummed about Rock & Release. Just got it myself and I was looking forward to it. 🙁

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  • Sounds like two really annoying and not all that likable main characters! Thanks for sharing your thoughts though.

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  • Rock and Release has been on my kindle for a while and I’ve been iffy about starting it. After reading your review, I don’t think I would like Cassidy either. Whenever I read a book and either of the main characters cheat I get pretty much turned off and it all goes downhill.
    As for Taste of Pleasure, I’m not really a fan of erotica unless done right but this one seemed to have too many issues. I don’t think I’ll pick it up anytime soon.
    Thanks for your honesty on both books.

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