Dirty Rich One Night Stand by Lisa Renee Jones

Y’all already know the LRJ has become one of my favorite authors. This literally was just released this morning. And I will be doing something different with new books. Hope you enjoy this new format

Synopsis

DIRTY, RICH ONE NIGHT STAND.
That’s all it was supposed to be. Her. Him. Pleasure. And then a fast goodbye. He’s a stranger. And yet, he’s not. She knows him even though he doesn’t know her.
He’s the powerful attorney, now world-renowned after coming off the trial of a century which was publicized across the country. And I’m one of the reporters that sat in his courtroom.
I watched him, studied him, got to know him from afar which isn’t hard since I know his exact brand of confidence, arrogance, and wealth.
I know his type. I’ve dated his type. Which is why when I happen to come face to face with him, when sparks fly and heat simmers between us, I know what happens if I say “yes” to Reese Summer.
I know he’ll taste like sin and sex, even before he kisses me.
I know he’ll feel like pleasure and passion, even before he touches me.
I know he’ll demand more than I wants to give, and yet, because I dare to give myself to him, the result will be deliciously hot.
I know that I will not leave his bed without being utterly, completely sated.
And I know that I will leave the next morning anyway.
And so, I do.
And so, he follows.
And as the chase begins my question becomes: Is Reese Summer THE one or is he really just a dirty, arrogant lie that should have stayed a one night stand?

-via Goodreads

Reading Commentary

Oct. 18, 2017, 7am (pst)

So I literally just started this and I am already obsessed!!! I love that it’s going into both their point of views. And it’s also hilarious. Their whole interaction is hilarious!

I have not yet read L. Walker’s story yet, but now I’m intrigued.

11am

Im only a quarter of the way through the book and these characters are hilarious. Like get your acts together. They’re entire exchange between that meeting and his place is seriously the most infuriating thing ever.

They’ve both been hurt, but stop comparing each other to the person that hurt you!!

Review

I am officially obsessed! The main characters were super witty and hilarious. There was so much sass. I love that there was an interaction with other characters.

I honestly want to know more about the Walker Brothers because they have been mentioned in several of LRJ’s series. Some of which include Inside Out and Careless Whispers.

I’m not entirely sure of the timeline of this book, but it moves super quickly. I was totally shocked as to who the killer was, like damn I didn’t expect that but kind of did. And the whole situation with her family, INSANE. I really couldn’t handle all the plot twists. I really really enjoyed it. It’s literally taken me an entire week to write this because of how long it took to process.

Lisa Renee Jones’ writing is seriously one of my favorite things.

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The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

This novel follows the descendants of four fairy tale villains and one of the Kings of the original fairy tales. Yes, they are the same characters from Disney’s Descendants and Descendants 2.

Synopsis

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be?

Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.

Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent’s daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon’s eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.

Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen’s daughter, Evie, doesn’t know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she’s a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal’s little tricks.

Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he’s not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon’s eye.

Carlos: Cruella de Vil’s son may not be bravest, but he’s certainly clever. Carlos’s inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon’s eye and ending the banishment for good.

Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon’s eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She’ll just need a little help from her “friends.” In their quest for the dragon’s eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.

-via Goodreads

Review

Okay, so you guys know about the hype surrounding these books. I mean hello, there’s two Disney movies. And yes they are the same characters, just not in the same light as we see them in the movies.

Honestly, this whole book felt like a prequel to the Descendants movie. It’s as if only just now get to meet them. And gosh do I feel sorry for the V.K.s. But it does explain why they were super close in the movie.

Can we take a moment to appreciate the characters not mentioned or even seen in the movie? There were so many. We even got to see the Forbidden Fortress. Come on Disney!

Ben and his parents are a bit more complicated. We do get to see Ben deal with the intricacies of taking over his father’s job. And we don’t see much interaction. And Ben, his feeling that way makes perfect sense, is this why he makes that declaration???

My main question is: was the movie inspired by the ending of this novel or was the second book a way to elaborate on the ending of the movie? Let me know what you guys think down in the comments section.


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The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

I’ve mentioned this series about 50 or 60 posts earlier in Pawn. Now I get to write a post on it! YAY!

Synopsis

Every girl who had taken the test has died.

Now it’s Kate’s turn.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom – and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld – and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy – until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

If she fails…

Review

You guys, I really love Greek Mythology mixed in with fiction. One of those examples is Percy Jackson and the Olympians. But that’s a post for later.

This story is basically something that happens after Persephone decides that she is done being Queen of the Underworld. But the premise for this story is a bit different. It’s set in the present, close to the deadline Hades, i.e. Henry, gave the other gods to find a new queen.

This whole series is focused on Katherine “Kate” Winters. She’s really the only hope Diana, her mother, has to make sure Henry doesn’t fade. This is because she feels guilty about the whole Persephone thing. Kate, in turn, is a little hurt and resentful because she feels like she’s someone’s replacement and not her own person. I get it actually.

Okay there’s a reason it’s called Test. Kate has to do a series of tests, as mentioned in the synopsis. Does it really take six months to do seven tests?  Really? Nope. They literally could have tested Kate in like 2 months realistically. But that wouldn’t have been as entertaining and wouldn’t have allowed for the romance between Kate and Henry.

Speaking of which. Let’s discuss Henry. He’s kind of mysterious and very melancholy. As Kate gets to know more of Henry, we, the readers, do as well. I honestly LOVE Henry! He’s so sweet.

You know who really surprised me though? James and Calliope. Those two are definitely something else. There’s a betrayal and it turns out one of them is the one that’s been killing the other girls. Geez someone lost their marbles. Honestly, I really wasn’t expecting it.

I have a love-hate relationship with the ending. Sure, it ends how you’d expect, but the fact that James kinda takes over her 6 free months, i.e. The Goddess Hunt, makes me a little upset because of the whole betrayal thing I mentioned earlier.

It’s been awhile since I last read this novel. And it’s honestly still one of my favorites. I really, truly, do hope you enjoy this novel.

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Conquer Me (Royals #2) by Geneva Lee

So this is the sequel to Command Me, book 2 of 7 in the series. Let’s begin.

Synopsis

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Book

Alexander had the world at his feet and me on my knees until secrets tore us apart.
I should stay away from him. I should run. But I’m addicted to him…to the pleasure and the pain.
He warned me about his dark side…about his past. But I have a dark side, too. Together we’ll conquer our demons…if we don’t destroy each other first.
Love doesn’t always conquer all, but it can Conquer Me.

-via Goodreads

Review

Okay, this picks up a bit after the ending of Command Me. We get a little bit more of Aunt Jane and definitely more Clara and Alexander.

Belle, while her intentions were in the good place, actually ends up hurting Clara. Clara is still in love with Alexander. (After all, this is a romance novel-slash-series.) Okay, I didn’t really have an accent for Alexander in my mind because I haven’t really been around English people. But listening to the audiobook, his voice is definitely not how I pictured it, maybe a little bit like Matthew Macfadyen in the 2007 version of Pride & Prejudice.

I kind of wish there was more of the letters actually written out in the novel. But damn! Alexander had it just as bad, if not worse, than Clara. Those two are something special, that’s for sure.

You guys, there’s so much drama in this novel! There’s the Belle and Clara drama at the beginning. There’s the whole Daniel thing. Clara’s parents and their issues. I almost forgot about Edward and Clara’s sister. I’m glad things work out for some of these characters. At least partially.

There’s a whole conspiracy going on, I really can’t handle it. Thank goodness Alexander finally figured out what happened that night. But wow, this was kind of unexpected. Clara is kind of a baddie. So is Belle, I’m really glad those two have one another. Especially after the whole Phillip thing, although I didn’t really like him to begin with.

Enjoy!

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Still Star-Crosses by Melinda Taub

There’s a show based on this novel. I started watching the show before I decided I wanted to read the book. Needless to say, it was a good novel.

Synopsis

Soon to be an ABC TV show by producer Shonda Rhimes! Still Star-Crossed follows the aftermath of the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet, as mysterious figures in Verona are determined to reignite the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets.

In fair Verona, enemies still walk the streets.
Two news hearts. Same two families.
The fight to the altar is about to happen.
All. Over. Again.

This homage to the classic Shakespearean tale of Romeo and Juliet will have readers pining for a star-crossed love of their very own.

-via Goodreads

Review

Okay, I actually loved Romeo and Juliet when I read it my first year of high school, like 20 million years ago (not really). It’s only been about 6 years. I always wondered what happened afterward. I have a compulsion for wanting an epilogue to what happens to the other character.

Onto this novel.

It focused on Rosaline Capulet and Benvolio Montague. And there’s trouble brewing in Verona. And apparently, it has to do a lot with what Romeo and Juliet did. But some  really don’t want peace.

There appears to be a bunch of love triangles, obviously since it’s a drama.

Anyway, if you have seen the show, the book is pretty much the same. Well, kind of. If you haven’t seen the show on ABC or read the novel, go check it out, it’s actually pretty great.

So the differences between the book and the show… as we know, most of the time TV tends to age the characters. They’re in their teens in the novel. That’s actually one of the more common differences in books and book-based shows.

Another is the whole Ghost thing going on with Lord Capulet. Then again, it’s TV and you got to keep things interesting.

But yeah not much that different. I’m honestly not shocked by the ending of the book. It’s a romance, hello. Actually, I didn’t enjoy Prince Escalus being manipulative. That was a crappy move Escalus.

So I totally would go on about the book like I normally do, but it has been a few months since I read it.

Hope you enjoy.

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Command Me by Geneva Lee

So this is like the third time I’ve actually read the book. And things are pretty intense. There are 3 books in Clara and X’s story, 3 in Belle and Smith’s and 1 that kind of follows Alexander.

Synopsis

When he kissed me, I was shocked. He was a stranger and still so familiar. It wasn’t until I woke up to my picture splashed on the cover of tabloids that I realized I knew who he was.

Prince Alexander of Cambridge.

Royal bad boy.

Exiled heir to the throne.

He isn’t Prince Charming. He’s controlling. He’s demanding. He’s dangerous. And I can’t say no to him.

We both have secrets—secrets that could tear us apart or drive us closer together—and as the paparazzi exposes each one, I have to decide just how far I’m willing to go for King and Country.

For readers 18 and up due to mature, erotic scenarios.

Formerly titled For King and Country

-via Goodreads

Review

I originally found this series on Facebook. Damned Amazon ads. But I’m glad for it because it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Okay, obviously this is a romance novel and the series follows Clara Bishop. Recent college grad who gets involved with the Crown Prince of England, Alexander. Hmmm, I see some Fifty Shades parallels.

Well only with Clara and Alexander’s relationship. Her family is kind of high-maintenance and his family just sucks. But seriously though. The only person in his family that you actually like, other than him obviously, is his younger brother Edward. Gaah, why aren’t these guys actual people? Oh well, I still love them.

Oh dang, paparazzi are a pain in the butt. Like, really? Why y’all gotta go and reveal personal info?

Okay back to the character. Clara is actually fighting a lot of her demons in this book. One of which is an eating disorder, and a previous relationship that was abusive. The fact that she was able to recover and become a survivor is kind of amazing.

Then again, if she weren’t this strong, she wouldn’t be an entertaining character. Can we talk about how sassy she is when confronting Pepper and all the other members of the “Royal Brat Pack.” She’s absolutely witty.

Alexander is actually an uber complex character. Even though we only get Clara’s point of view, we learn through her that X is actually really traumatized. Which is understandable, considering that he isn’t entirely sure what happened that night.

That mystery, along with what will happen between Clara and Alexander will forever keep me entertained and I will keep coming back to this series. Almost exactly like I keep going back to Vampire Academy.

Needless to say, this book was really good, but the ending…oh that ending. Yeah, can’t really talk about it. BUUUUUT it was both great and sad.

Happy reading!!

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Shadow Kiss (VA #3) by Richelle Mead

What I love about Richelle’s work is that it’s never what you really expect.

Synopsis

WHAT IF FOLLOWING HER HEART MEANS ROSE COULD LOSE HER BEST FRIEND FOREVER?

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken…

Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose’s mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most… but will her choice mean that only one can survive?

-via Goodread

Review

So, it’s almost Rose’s birthday. She and Dimitri kind of understand each other a little bit better. Especially after the events that transpired in Spokane. And while her training must go on, she is still trying to recover emotionally from what happened then. It doesn’t help that she thinks she is seeing things, particularly a person.

Rose throws a tantrum, but really not surprised with all the emotional turmoil she’s experiencing. Adrian is definitely more involved in this novel, but not the way he wants.

Rose and Christian do some bonding, and do some pretty awesome stuff together. Even if they refuse to admit it, they’re very similar. There’s a lot more drama and Rose’s sanity is definitely questioned.

The Royal Brat Pack are back at it with their whole secret society. Idiots. They were the cause for the tragedy that ensued nearer to the end of the book. And it caused Lissa to go dark, which in turn meant Rose went extremely wild. I guess that’s how their bond works. Thank goodness for Dimitri though.

So tragedy strikes because no one remembered the wards after the whole event with Lissa. So now more people are in the hands of Strigoi, what’s a girl to do? Convince her mom and the love of her life that she knows exactly where the Strigoi are and to do a rescue mission.

There’s a lot more. But honestly, my heart just can’t take this ending. It’s worse than the whole Frostbite ending.

Even though Richelle had this twist of events, after everything that happened, I will continue to love and hate this particular book. But it was definitely entertaining and sad.

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