Veronica's Reading Life

Hey everyone. My name is Veronica. I obviously love reading. My other passions are movies, t.v. shows, and kpop (BTS). Some of my favorite authors are Sherrilyn Kenyon and Anne Bishop. My favorite books are My Lady Jane and The Hating Game.

Burning Up

Title: Burning Up

Author: Jennifer Blackwood

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Release Date: May 8th, 2018

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Format: eARC

Pages: 253

Source: Netgalley

 

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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

First of all, I want to say that even though Burning Up was entertaining, not a lot happened. The characters were kind of bland and it took me a while to immerse myself into the book.

The book is about Erin a teacher who was let go due to budget cuts forcing her to return to her childhood home. Not wanting to be tied down by anyone, she’s counting the minutes until she can go back to her old life far away from her overbearing family. That’s until she bumps into her childhood crush Jake, a firefighter and single dad. Jake makes her question everything she’s ever wanted.

The majority of the book is about the two protagonists fighting their attraction to one another, then giving in to their attraction to one another, then going back to fighting their attraction, and so on. This is nothing new, since this is a light, contemporary romance, but for some reason it annoyed the shit out of me. I also did not like the way Erin thought of/treated her family. In some ways I could see why she thought they were overbearing, but in my opinion, she was mostly overreacting. She came off as very selfish and kind of bitchy.

Now to the things I did enjoy. Jake was amazing. He’s a fantastic father and family man. Plus, who doesn’t like a sexy firefighter. His fellow firefighters were cool, as well. The author did have a great sense of humor. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions.

Overall, even though the book wasn’t perfect, I did enjoy it. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

The Stone Prince

— feeling unhappy
The Stone Prince - Gena Showalter

Title: The Stone Prince

Author: Gena Showalter

Publisher: HQN Books

Release Date: June 15th 2012

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Aliens

Format: Kindle Edition

Pages: 384

Source: Library

 

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OH MAN! Where do I start with this book?! Although the premise is entertaining, the characters completely ruin the story.

 

The story follows Katie James, a woman obsessed with a stone statue. That’s right, a stone statue. One day she chooses to kiss the statue and low and behold the statue turns into a man, but no ordinary man. He happens to be an alien who was cursed and now needs Katie’s help to break the curse and to return home.

 

I picked up this book thinking that it would be interesting, silly albeit, but interesting none the less. That would be a big fat NOPE! The characters are god awful. First, we have Jorlan, our “hero”. Not only is he an extremely sexist, control freak, he’s just plain creepy. On multiple occasions he belittles women and believes women need male keepers.

 

“Seeing to a man’s needs – all his needs – is a woman’s only purpose in life.” - Jorlan

 

Are you fucking kidding me! Now I’m assuming, but Jorlan probably gets better as the story goes on, but I just can’t force myself to care. 

 

Surprisingly, Jorlan isn’t the worst thing about this book. What pissed me off the most was that even though Jorlan’s a dick, Katie still wants him. I’m sorry, but if a guy acted like that around me, I’d kick him to the curb.

 

Overall, I’m pretty damn disappointed. I love Gena Showalter, but I would not recommend this book to anyone.

 

 

The Pursuit of Mrs. Pennyworth

Title: The Pursuit of Mrs. Pennyworth

Author: Callie Hutton

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC.

Release Date: March 26, 2018

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Mystery

Format: eARC

Pages: 385

Source: Netgalley

 

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I found The Pursuit of Mrs. Pennyworth to be an entertaining, but predictable read.

Set in the time of Jack the Ripper, comes a story of a woman being tormented by a delusional individual, leaving her to turn to a private investigator. Despite being distrustful of one another, the pair are force to relay on each other as the stakes get higher and higher.

I want to begin with the things that bothered me about the book. First, the      romance between Charlotte and Elliot was kind of bland. It wasn’t until the end, when I finally started to root for the couple. I just didn’t feel the passion between the two characters like I was supposed to have. Second, the lack of Jack the Ripper in the story disappointed me. Besides a few references about him he played no part in the story. I find all serial killers fascinating especially Jack the Ripper. I think if the author had included Jack the Ripper in the plot, the book would have more oomph.  Thirdly and probably the most bothersome part of the book, was that I knew who the antagonist was almost the minute the character was introduce. It was freaken obvious who was tormenting Charlotte, but no, it took Elliot forever to figure it out. Even then he technically wasn’t the one who found out who the culprit was. Worst private investigator ever.

Now that I’ve complained about all the things that bothered me about the book, I want to point out it’s positive attributes. To begin with, Charlotte was a fantastic heroine. She’s strong willed and very independent. Having dealt with several men who have disappointed her, she’s righteously wary of them. I also enjoyed her staff/servants. They were like one big happy family and looked out for one another. Especially when Elliot was being a total ass. Charlotte’s crew gave him a piece of their mind. Lastly, even though The Pursuit of Mrs. Pennyworth was predictable, I had a fun time reading it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical romance. Just don’t expect an intricate mystery because there’s not one.

Hey, Everyone!

I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. My name is Veronica. I love reading obviously. I hope we can be friends and bond over our love of reading. My favorite genre is fantasy, but I'll read pretty much anything. Talk to you guys later. :D

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