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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Movie Trailer: Crimson Peak

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.

From the imagination of director Guillermo del Toro comes a supernatural mystery starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Audiobook Review: The Buried by Brett Battles

Title: The Buried
Author: Brett Battles
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: Jonathan Quinn, book 9
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Audible Studios
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: Audiobook
9 hrs and 46 mins 
Everything on the job is going as expected. The target has been dealt with, and all that's left to do is remove the body. But a surprise is waiting for Quinn and Nate, one that completely changes their mission. Then when the client who gave them their new orders disappears, they find themselves on their own, with a human asset holding a dark secret that several parties are interested in obtaining, by force if necessary. To keep the asset alive, the two cleaners must stay on the run, but even that doesn't guarantee success. Because no matter how closely a secret is guarded, if enough people want it, it won't stay buried forever.
The Buried is the ninth book in the Jonathan Quinn series by Brett Battles.

For what I understood, Quinn and Nate are cleaners, they are call to crime scenes to make the bodies disappear or to stage them in a more convenient way. Despite their job, they are decent guys. They don’t work for bad guys; they secretly work for the government.
Quinn is married to a very pregnant Orlando and Nate is in a relationship. Although Nate’s girlfriend was mentioned, she wasn’t present in the story.
Quinn and Nate get a job, they need to pick up the body of a man who was recently killed by a hit-woman, get his body out of the house and stage his death to look like an accident. They also need to search his house for information relating to his dealings. In their search, they find a dungeon full of women. One of them is Danielle. Danielle is wanted by different agencies in the US and the world. Their client (Helen) asks them to take Danielle and bring her to her, but soon after Helen is kidnapped and Quinn and Nate find themselves in the middle of something bigger, with people hunting them along the way.
Danielle knows something that many people want to know, to keep her safe Quinn and Nate will have to do everything in their power to protect her and to find the reason to all the chaos happening around them.

I accepted this audiobook for review thinking that usually thrillers (in series) work well as a stand alones. In the case of The Buried, it does regarding to the story, but not in regards to the characters. It was very obvious that there was a story not only behind each of them, but also between them. Stories I wish I knew to better understand the finer nuances of the story.

I liked the idea of heroes that work on the line between good and bad. Their job can be seen as disreputable, but what they do is for the good of mankind, at least that was the case in this installment, I don’t know if it was the same case in previous books.

I liked Quinn and Nate, I liked that they are both smart and work very well together. It was obvious there was a story behind them working together, but it was only referred to. I wish I would have known more about their past.

I like Quinn’s wife, Orlando, but her behavior in the story was completely unbelievable due to her circumstances. She was supposed to be nine months pregnant and ready to give birth, but she behaved, moved and acted as if she weren’t. I would have believed it if she were in the early stages of pregnancy or not pregnant at all, but not when she was ready to give birth.

I liked and admire Danielle, I liked her determination and her strength. I also liked the story behind her. Talking about the story, it was engaging, with many twists and turns that you won’t see coming; but as I said before, I think I would have enjoyed the story more if I had known the background story of the characters.

Scott Brick did a good job with his performance and his attribution of voices. I liked his cadence and how he was able to convey emotions through his voice. This was my first audiobook narrated by Scott Brick, but it won’t be my last.

I’m seriously considering going back and starting this series from the beginning. I recommend The Buried to fans of this series and to people who enjoy high adrenaline thrillers.

My Story Verdict: 4 Paws
My Narration Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
My Overall Verdict: 4 Paws
Other books in the series
The Cleaner  
The Deceived
The Unwanted      
The Silenced 
The Destroyed     
The Collected      
The Enraged  
The Discarded     
The Buried

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: One Night with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare

Title: One Night with a Billionaire
Author: Jessica Clare
Series: Billionaire Boys Club, book 6
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Format: E-book
Kylie may be a makeup artist to the stars, but she knows what it feels like to be overshadowed. Especially by her famous boss, the pop star Daphne. That’s why she’s stunned—and delighted—when one night at a party, she attracts the attention of a gorgeous stranger. But when Daphne decides she wants the handsome billionaire for herself, Cade Archer is suddenly off-limits for Kylie…

Cade has known Daphne for years, and always wondered if she might be the right woman for him—even though she never gave him the time of day. But one sizzling night with Kylie has changed everything. So why is she suddenly avoiding him? Fortunately Cade is determined to get what he wants, and he’ll do anything to show Kylie she can get everything she wants too…
One Night with a Billionaire is the sixth book in the Billionaire Boys Club series by Jessica Clare.

Let me start this review by saying that although I have read almost all the books in this series I wasn’t planning to read this book. Why? Because in previous books, I saw Cade being a stupid man in love with a woman who didn’t deserve him and only used him for her advantage. Seeing him interact with Daphne was frustrating and infuriating and the last thing I wanted was to read a book in which she was the protagonist. I disliked her so much I didn’t even read the blurb of this book because I wasn’t interesting in reading about Daphne, her redemption or her HEA. But, the other day I read @blodeuedd’s review and realized that the heroine wasn’t Daphne! Hell yeah! I was ready to read this book.

At the beginning of One Night with a Billionaire Cade is still “in love” with Daphne and follows her like a puppy everywhere she invites him to come. One of those places is backstage during one of her concerts. There, he not only meets Daphne’s makeup artist, Kylie, he also realizes Daphne is not the girl he fell in love with when they were teens. She’s now an abusive drug addict who doesn’t care about anything but getting her next fix.
That night, Kylie realizes Cade needs a friend and decides to provide a shoulder to cry on; one thing leads to another and they end up having a one-night stand.
Kylie thinks she will never see Cade again, but after that night Cade can’t stop thinking about her and decides to pursue her. The problem is Daphne. Kylie needs her job to pay the bills and she knows if Daphne learns of Kylie and Cade’s relationship her job will be more than over.

As I said before I was very happy that Daphne was not the heroine in this book, but I wasn’t completely sold with Kylie. There were things I liked and others not so much. Kylie is a very insecure person and there was a point that it was a bit too much. She is insecure about her weight (she’s size 18) and about being a burden to others. She let a bad experience in her past rule her life. I really wish she had had a backbone. I like my heroines strong and smart and Kylie wasn’t one of them. What she was was sweet, caring and 100 times better then Daphne.

Cade is still the same sweet, caring and patient guy we met in previous books. He wants Kylie and is willing to do everything in his hands to get her. I really like his epiphany when he realizes Daphne is not “his Daphne” anymore and he needs to move on.

I wasn’t so sure about Cade and Kylie’s relationship because of the way it started, but Jessica Clare is great at telling stories and soon after she had me convinced that they were perfect for each other. There was some going back and forth and I wish Kylie had been more honest with Cade. It would have saved some heartache. 

For most of the book Daphne is a conflictive and hurtful bitch. At the end there was some changes in her, but after seeing her behavior during this series I don’t have much faith in her. There was a glimpse of a HEA for her, I don’t know is Clare is planning to write a book for her, maybe a spinoff series or something… but I’m not sure I’ll read it.

We see the couples from previous books and how they are doing in their lives. Even though they are part of the story and this being the last book in the series, One Night with a Billionaire works perfectly as a standalone.

I recommend One Night with a Billionaire to contemporary romance and fans of this series. Don’t let the “billionaire” on the title discourage you because these books are different from the usual “billionaire books”. I don’t read many books with “billionaire” on their title, but I read this series.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
Beauty and the Billionaire
Romancing the Billionaire
One Night with a Billionaire

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hot Off the Press: June 30th Releases

June 30th

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The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & GoliathIshbelle BeeThe Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, Esq. #1Fantasy
Ascendance: Dave vs. the MonstersJohn BirminghamDavid Hooper #3UF
Tomorrow War: The Chronicles of Max (Redacted)J. L. BourneChronicles of Max #1Fiction/Dystopian
Working for BigfootJim ButcherStories from the Dresden Files UF
Hard RideOpal Carew Ready to Ride #4Contemporary Romance
A New HopeRobyn Carr Thunder Point #8Contemporary Romance
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Scam ChowderMaya Corrigan A Five-Ingredient Mystery #2Mystery/Cozy Mystery
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Run You DownJulia Dahl Rebekah Roberts #2Mystery
Exit StrategyLena DiazEXIT Inc. #1Romantic Suspense
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To Stand or FallJohn ScalziOld Man's War #6.4Sci-Fi
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