Book Review: Tangled by Emma Chase

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Book Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion-dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. 

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful, and ambitious. She refuses to let anything-or anyone-derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, and his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating. Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life? Can Drew Evans win at love? 

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing in life he never wanted is the only thing he can’t live without.

My Review:

Drew Evans is a successful businessman, a charming and non-strings attached guy who is used to have his way, but then this “golden boy” meets his match in the form of Kate Brooks and with that, everything he has known and believed starts to change.

I was totally hooked since page one and it was impossible to put down this book, the reason?  The story is funny, romantic and truly engaging.

I loved the characters, Drew and Kate are interesting and likeable and there’s also some support characters that I enjoyed reading about, like Alexandra (Drew’s sister) and Drew’s sweet and witty niece, Mackenzie.

My favorite thing about this book is the way is written. I loved the narrative from Drew’s POV and being inside his head provided a lot of entertaining and hilarious moments.

The writing style is like if this character is talking to you, sharing what happened to him, this made me feel even more engaged to the story.

I mentioned on past reviews how much I love male POVs in the Books, but Drew’s POV is the best I’ve read and now, he’s one of my favorite male characters.

My rating:   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Do I recommend this book? Absolutely.

Will I read more books from this author? Definitely.

Book Review: Secrets of the Fall by Kailin Gow

Book Synopsis (from Goodreads):

The Donovan Brothers… two gorgeous brothers in love with the same girl. How far would they fall to have her? One of them will claim her, but the other will find her. Only one can win her forever, unless their family secrets destroy everything.

After finding out who she should be with and who she wants to be with, Summer is devastated by the tragic news of one of the Donovan Brothers.

In this fourth book in the Loving Summer Series and the second book in the Donovan Brothers Trilogy; go into the minds of the Donovan Brothers and find out the shocking secret that could destroy everything they have with Summer.

My Book Review:

This review may contain spoilers from the previous books in the Series.

The previous book wasn’t my favorite but I bought this one because I felt I had to know how the story is going to end.

In my reviews I always express my honest and personal opinion, write this one has been especially difficult for me because I really liked this Series at the beginning, but the last two books (including this one) haven’t been my cup of tea.

First, the good things about this book:

I enjoy the multiple POV (especially when it includes male characters) and in this one we have the POVs of Summer and the two Donovan Brothers (my favorite was the narration from Drew’s POV).

There’s more of Drew in this book, he’s my favorite character and in this book we see the different sides of him.

Now, let’s talk about the not so good things:

The plot in this book wasn’t really my favorite, I found parts of the story hard to believe (I won’t give any spoilers) and I felt the ending was a little rushed.

There’s again a cliffhanger. This is the fourth book and I would like to know how many books are going to be before we can get an ending for the story.

I didn’t find Summer (the main female character) likeable enough, mostly because I think her constant indecision has been a little too much.

Some final thoughts and my rating:

★ ★ 1/2 stars. I liked some things of this book but the truth is that I struggled to finish reading it, it wasn’t as enjoyable as the first two books and it didn’t help to keep my interest in the Series.

Am I going to read the next book in the Series? I’m not sure yet, but probably not.

Paperback and Hardcover Books at Home: Rethinking my TBR List.

I love books and I’m always looking for something new to read, but yesterday while I was talking to my husband made me realize that I have very “abandoned” the paperbacks and hardcover editions in our Bookcase (He asked me how many of them I’ve read during this year), and well, is true, for some reason lately I’d been reading more Ebooks in my Kindle and Books from the Library, and less from the books I have at home.

Taking advice from my husband I decided to start reading more of the books I have at home (fortunately I have many options to choose from), and also make some changes in my TBR List.

In the next pictures you can see some of these books:

Bookcase 1

Bookcase 2

Have you read any of these books? Which ones would you recommend?

Faulkner in 5 Minutes

Light in August by William Faulkner

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” 
― William Faulkner

William Faulkner is considered one of the most influential writers of the 20th Century and some of his works has earned him important Literature prizes.

During a visit to the Corner BookShop that’s inside the Bellevue Library, I found a Hardcover edition of Light in August (a used book, but in good condition). I have to admit that the only thing I knew about Faulkner was that he is an important author in American Literature, but there was something about this book… I quickly searched the book in the Goodreads App to read the synopsis and rating, but it was after hold the book in my hands that I knew I had to buy it.

Today I listened Faulkner in 5 minutes (I got it for free in Audible.com), is short and, between others things, provides a quick exploration of the elements that Faulkner use in his works, also mentions the names of some Authors that were influenced by him.

I enjoyed listening to this short Audiobook and I recommend it, specially to people that, like me, is not familiar with Faulkner and wants to learn a bit about him and his work.

History of Rock and more Books: What I’ve been doing and What’s next

I haven’t posted more book reviews during the last days because I had been busier than usual and one of the reasons is that I’m enrolled on an online course: History of Rock Part 2 by the University of Rochester (I finished History of Rock Part 1 weeks ago) and between watching the Video lectures, work on my notes and take a quiz (corresponding to two weeks of classes) is like being in College again (but I love it).

Now, back to things books related…. What’s next:

  • I’m working on a post about Audiobooks that I’ll be posting this week and
  • For my next reading, I’m trying to decide between:

the hallowed ones

   The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

and

From what i remember

              From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer & Valerie Thomas

The two books are very different, but both have good reviews (and average rating of 4 in Goodreads).

And that’s it for now, I have to get ready to go to the Library (there are some DVDs ready for me to pick up), have a great day you all!

Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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Book Description (from Goodreads):

Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail. But the women still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period.

When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he’d be sifting through other people’s inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can’t help but be entertained-and captivated- by their stories.

But by the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you.” After a series of close encounters and missed connections, Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart . . . even if he can’t see exactly where it’s leading him.

Written with whip-smart precision and charm, Attachments is a strikingly clever and deeply romantic debut about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Even if it’s someone you’ve never met.

 

Book Review:

When I read the synopsis I knew I definitely had to read this book and I’m glad I did.

Lincoln is the Internet Security Officer in a Newspaper and his job is to monitor (and sometimes read) the employees’s emails to make sure everyone makes proper use of the computers.
Jennifer and Beth work in the same Newspaper, they are best friends who enjoy their conversations using the company’s email. One day the system than Lincoln manages starts flagging some of these emails and Lincoln (as part of his job) reads them; the system flags more emails between these two women and as Lincoln continues reading them, he can’t help feeling attached in someway to Jennifer and Beth (more to Beth).

I found the story really interesting and captivating, I started reading this book one day after dinner and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it (when I looked at the clock it was almost 3 am, I had totally lost track of time).

The dialogues between Jennifer and Beth while they are exchanging emails are really delightful and addictive (sometimes so hilarious that really made laugh) and is like you can see through these emails how strong is their friendship.

I loved Lincoln, he’s a sweet guy, quirky, adorable and a little shy that seems not to realize how good he is, and I was rooting for a happy ending for him during the entire book. I truly enjoyed finding out more about Lincoln and follow his growth trough the book, to me he is a great character with an engaging story.

Overall I really liked this book, is well written, has some wonderful characters and it really made me smile.