Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Book Review: Money Never Sleeps - Tu-Shonda Whitaker

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The bling is brighter, the drama is amped up, the delicious beauties from Tu-Shonda's Millionaire Wives Club are back for a second season of backstabbing, divorce parties, and family sagas.  
Lights, camera, action!

Milan, Jaise, and Chaunci are the gorgeous, high-rolling divas starring in the hit reality show Millionaire Wives Club.  As they struggle with love, lies, lust, and the pressures of sudden fame, their friendships turn into catfights that keep the cameras following all their malicious moves.

Milan is finally engaged to Kendu, the man of her dreams, and though things look perfect on the outside, distrust and jealousy are crumbling their romance.  Jaise has found the love she so desperately craves, but her son, Jabril, remains the No. 1 man in her life--for better or for worse.  And Chaunci, the independent, single mom who doesn't feel she needs a man, is contemplating taking the plunge into a deep love affair--but will the man she chooses have room in his life for her?  Add to this crafty cast Vera, a venomous new vixen who plays the game better than any of them, and you've got a season even more scintillating than the last.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I love that I already knew most of the women.  But even though all seem to be happily ever after in the end of the first book, not all is as it seems.  Milan and Kendu are having problems and it takes Milan most of the book to say "enough!"  Jaise is happily married to Belal but her son Jabril is such a screw-up that he gets between them.  Not just her son but the way Jaise keeps bailing him out.  Chaunci said "no" to Idris when he proposed and now she's regretting it.  Vera, I did not like her very much even at the end.  Overall a great drama and all the women are nasty to each-other!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Book Review: Millionaire Wives Club - Tu-Shonda Whitaker

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In Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker's steamiest novel yet, we meed the four deliciously dramatic, designer-clad divas from prime time's new hit reality show, The Millionaire Wives Club.

Evan:  Married to a pro-football star who isn't in love with her anymore, Evan is digging her freshly manicured nails in ever deeper as she fights to keep her husband who loves someone else.

Milan:  Half Dominican, half black, and beautifully exotic-looking, Milan is watching her has-been husband's fortune fade fast--while her romantic attachment to Evan's husband is heating up.

Jaise:  Divorce from a former boxing star who's now married to a white woman, Jaise is trying to raise her sixteen-year-old son on her own.  Will her huge alimony checks keep her from falling in love?

Chaunci:  Editor of the hottest black women's magazine, Chaunci is now engaged to the high-powered man who helped finance her magazine when she was just a struggling single mom.  But when a onetime passionate flame reignites, Chaunci may not be able to resist its charms.

When thses starlets' private lives run as wild as their emotions, their relationships with one another inevitably turn into high-profile cat-fights.  Through it all, the cameras never stop rolling on TV's guiltiest pleasures, where power-and diamonds-are always a girl's best friend.

3/5 stars (liked it)
This book is better than any soap opera I could watch on TV.  We get a first hand look at each woman and their lives behind closed doors are not what they appear on camera.  The camera crew are just as good as the women, Carl the camera man and Bridget the Producer both add into the drama.  Some things in the book really had me guess.  The twist on Jaise's love interest really surprised me.  The ending to the love triangle between Kendu, Evan and Milan was surprising.  Overall a fun book to read and I will definitely read more in the series.

Book Review: Seven Up - Janet Evanovich

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BLOWN UP

All New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has to do is bring in semi-retired bail jumper Eddie DeChooch.  For an old man he's till got a knack for slipping out of sight--and raising hell.  How else can Stephanie explain the bullet-riddled corpse in Eddie's garden?  Who else would have a clue as to why two of Stephanie's friends suddenly vanished?  For answers Stephanie has the devil to pay: her mentor, Ranger.  The deal?  He'll give Stephanie all the help she needs--if she gives him everything he wants...

MESSED UP

As if things weren't complicated enough, Stephanie's just discovered her Grandma Mazur's own unmentionable alliance with Eddie.  Add a series of unnerving break-ins, not to mention the bombshell revelation leveled by Stephanie's estranged sister, and Stephanie's ready for some good news.  Unfortunately, a marriage proposal from Joe Morelli, the love of her life, isn't quite cutting it.  And now--murder, a randy paramour, a wily mobster, death threats, extortion, and a triple kidnapping aside--Stephanie's really got the urge to run for her life...

3/5 stars (liked it)
I love that I can pick one of these books up after not having read one for a while and really get into it.  Stephanie is very likable.  I love all the characters in the book series and love the ones that get introduced.  As always, Stephanie gets in over her head but she always manages to stay alive and solve the mystery.  Not just professional life but she has relationship problems and the ending surprised me.  Can't wait to read the next one.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Book Review: The Chemist - Stephanie Meyer

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She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that.  An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name.  And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long.  They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat.  They want her dead, and soon. 

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it's her only chance to erase the giant target on her back.  But it means one last job for her ex-employers.  To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival.  As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

3/5 stars (liked it)
This book took me a very long time to ge into.  The beginning of the book was very slow and I think gave too much information on the main character, Alex.  It isn't until she meets Daniel that things really got interesting and then we meet Kevin and things really pick up.  I loved getting to know Daniel and Kevin.  Also loved the dogs in the story.  Overall it had a pretty predictable ending but I like the book.

Book Review: Elantris - Brandon Sanderson

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Elantris was the capital of Arelon: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities for the benefit of all.  Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod.  Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed.  Elantrians became wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling.

Arelon's new capital, Kae, crouches in the shadow of Elantris.  Princess Sarene of Teod arrives for a marriage of state with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping--base on their correspondence--to also find love.  She finds instead that Raoden has died and she is considered his widow.  Both Teod and Arelon are under threat as the last remaining holdouts against the imperial ambitions of the ruthless religious fanatics of Fjordell.  So Sarene decides to use her new status to counter the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell high priest who has come to Kae to convert Arelon and claim it for his emperor and his god.

But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspect the truth about Prince Raoden.  Stricken by the same curse that ruined Elantris, Raorden was secretly exiled by his father to the dark city.  His struggle to help the wretches trapped there begins a series of events that will bring hope to Arelon, and perhaps reveal the secret of Elantris itself.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
The book is from the three main character's point of views, Sarene, Raoden and Hrathen.  We meed Raoden as he becomes cursed by the Shaod and thrown into Elantris.  There he makes a friend, Galladon who has been in Elantris for a few months.  He helps Raoden and shows him around.  Raoden tries to learn all he can so that he can heal Elantris.  Sarene is a princess and has just moved to Kae and learns her betrothed is dead.  By the laws of the land she is considered married and a widow.  So she decides to learn as much as she can and help the people.  Hrathen is a high priest who is in charge of converting the people to his religion.  All is not what is looks like and all three characters learn things and in the end I really ended up liking this book.  The ending gave it an ending but also left it open.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Book Review: Honor Among Thieves - Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

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Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that's made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead of moving with her family to Mars.  In her eyes, living inside a dome isn't much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she's headed.  Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan--a race of sentient alien ships--to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth's dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she's assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time.  But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
Started off a little slow and then I couldn't put it down.  The relationship between Zara and Nadim was great and I love how they are so alike even though Zara is human and Nadim is leviathan.  Also love the relationship between Beatriz (the other Honor) and Zara.  It was great to see Zara open herself up and start trusting.  Also I like how we really learn why there are Honors and what the Leviathan need from them in the first book.  I can't wait to see the adventures that Nadim, Zara and Beatriz have together in the next book.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Book Review: Blood Fury - JR Ward

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A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family's traditions.  And he thought he'd found his perfect match--until she fell in love with someone else.  Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another.

Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood's training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody--and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love.  But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love.

As the two grapple with Novo's past and Peyton's present, another couple must contend with an erotic connection that is unparalleled--and potentially scandalous.

Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household.  But will the other male explore the connection?  Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love...and cost Saxton everything?

3/5 stars (liked it)
This book is what I always come to expect from a JR Ward book.  Two people fall in love but can't quite get there and they go through a rough patch but everything works out in the end.  I enjoyed the Saxton/Ruhn love story much more than the Peyton/Novo love story.  I enjoyed learning more about Saxton and especially Ruhn.  He was a background character since Bitty was first introduced but now we learn so much more about him.

Book Review: Money Never Sleeps - Tu-Shonda Whitaker

Money Never Sleeps - Tu-Shonda Whitaker The bling is brighter, the drama is amped up, the delicious beauties from Tu-Shonda's Milli...