Review: Author Anonymous by E.K. Blair

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Author: E.K. Blair
Publication Date: August 29, 2016
Genre: Romance, Erotica, Based on a True Story

Rating: Unrated – Explanation in review.

Synopsis:

*An intoxicatingly risqué stand-alone book.

She’s an author.
She’s a mother.
She’s a wife.
She’s a fraud, a woman marked and bound by her own deceit.

Experience the astounding tale of how Anonymous battled through a year of scandals and betrayals, how her world fell from its axis with a single choice, and how she lost herself between reality and fantasy.

This is a stand-alone tangled in lust, heartbreak, and contrition.

*Based on a true story.


I’m going to start out by apologizing for this review. It is going to be one giant rant. That can’t be helped, so I’m sorry. I’m also going to warn that if you’re not into books with cheating, this one definitely isn’t for you. The entire focus of Author Anonymous is cheating. There’s nothing happy in it either, so if you’re looking for a dark but uplifting romance this isn’t it.

Let’s start with what I actually liked about this book. E.K. Blair deserves 5 stars for her writing. It’s dark, gritty, and unapologetic. I applaud her for being able to portray the characters the way she did. Their actions and thoughts were hard to read, so they had to be hard to write.

Now for the rant…

I wanted to DNF this book so badly. I basically had to force myself to read it. It was morally disturbing to me. I hated the main character Tori. I hated her thoughts, her actions, her truths. Nothing about what she did was okay. I don’t care what her reasons were. I’m a wife and mother. I’ve been married for 10 years, so I can understand some of her complaints about her marriage but nothing excuses her from the choices she made. I try not to be judgemental, but I’m judging here. She knew what she was doing the entire time. It was intentional. She knew she was hurting everyone around her and did it anyway.

It’s hard to explain my thoughts about the male characters in this “love triangle” without giving too much away, so I’ll keep it simple. I hated Alec. I didn’t trust anything about him. He was just as horrible as Tori. Landon was okay. He wasn’t an innocent bystander, but he wasn’t really malicious either. I understood why he did what he did and I was okay with it for the most part. I also want to point out that Landon said something about 40% in that I really agree with when it comes to cheating.

Obviously, reading Author Anonymous was a struggle for me. I was so looking forward to getting to the end and being able to come to terms with what this book had dealt me. I thought I was getting what I wanted until E.K. Blair did something I was not expecting. I don’t know whether to be pissed off at her or call her a genius. Considering how I felt about the story, I’d probably lean towards pissed off. If I hadn’t been reading this book on my Kindle, I would have thrown it at the wall or, better yet, burnt it!

I seriously hope the real Tori is never revealed. I don’t want to know who she is. I have to admit it took guts for her to ask E.K. Blair to write her story and put it out there. Although, now that I think about it, it seems like an attention-getting scheme.

Ugh. So how do I give Author Anonymous a rating? On one hand, the writing was brilliant. If it wasn’t based on a true story, I might have thought E.K. Blair was super creative for coming up with such a frustrating story and character. I do want to explore her other books. On the other hand, I hated this book the entire time I was reading it (except for maybe one or two chapters) partly because I knew it was based on a true story. I really did want to DNF it. I thought maybe I could come up with a middle ground rating, but I didn’t feel like any rating could properly portray my feelings. I guess that means I’m leaving it unrated. I will say that I’m glad that I was able to borrow this book from the Amazon Prime Kindle Lending Library. I think I would have been angry if I had spent money on a book that was so infuriating.

Release Blitz: Say You Want Me by Corinne Michaels

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There’s no way I’ll fall for Wyatt Hennington.

He can keep his Southern drawl, irresistible smile, and those pick-up lines all to himself. I made the mistake of sleeping with him not once, but twice. I’m not stupid enough to give him round three, especially after he left me in the middle of the night so I could see myself out. I vow to return to Philadelphia and forget him.

It proves easier said than done.

When the doctor informs me I’m the winner of door prize number two, I put my life on hold and head back to Bell Buckle. Three months and if we can’t make this work, I’m gone.

The problem is—when the cards are stacked against us, and I can’t bring myself to leave him, I’ll finally know if he truly loves me or if all my fears were real . . .

 

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Corinne Michaels is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of The Salvation Series and Say You’ll Stay. She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.

Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha heroes are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.

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Birthday Book GIVEAWAY!

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Happy birthday to me!

It feels weird writing that, but I wasn’t sure how else to start this fun giveaway post. Every year I feel truly blessed to be alive and for all that I have in life. This year, since I managed to miss out on doing something fun for my one year blogiversary, I decided that I wanted to host a giveaway of some of my favorite Kindle books over the years. There’s nothing you have to do to try to win them other than clicking on the link. All winners are selected randomly by Amazon. One lucky person will win a copy of each Kindle book. I wish you luck! Thanks for celebrating with me.

P.S. All of these books are for mature readers.

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Review: Crazy Pucking Love by Cindi Madsen

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Series: Taking Shots, #3
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publication Date: November 7, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

I just met the girl of my dreams. Megan Davenport is funny and smart, and she’s as much of an insomniac as I am. She’s also my team captain’s little sister, which I only found out after our passionate kiss. Megan is completely off-limits—her brother makes that very clear—and I know better than to think I can keep a relationship going during hockey season anyway. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be late-night friends, right? The only problem is, love makes you do crazy things, like breaking all the rules.


If you read my blog at all, you know I’m a sucker for a new adult hockey romance with a shirtless guy on the cover. Add in a forbidden romance with a teammate’s younger sister on a blurb and that ups my excitement two-fold. So now you know I was super-duper excited to read Crazy Pucking Love  — especially because I’ve never had the chance to read anything by Cindi Madsen before. I’m so happy to have found her hockey romance series!

Crazy Pucking Love was so well written. I really enjoyed the dual points of view. It made Megan and Dane feel like real people. I adored them both. Their thoughts and feelings reminded me so much of being a college student. I could easily empathize with their doubts and concerns. I loved the way their relationship began and how it progressed throughout the story. Underneath all of their fears, they had such a strong emotional connection and amazingly hot chemistry. The ups and downs they went through made their journey so much more meaningful.

My only issue with Crazy Pucking Love was the characters’ back stories. I liked them, but they were never clearly presented. There were so many layers to what Megan and Dane had experienced in their pasts. Bits and pieces were given away, but I never felt like I got the whole story. Their histories either a) deserved more time than they got or b) needed to less complex.

Overall, Crazy Pucking Love was an entertaining hockey romance. I loved the entire cast of characters and I’m really looking forward to going back and reading the first two books in the series. I would definitely recommend Crazy Pucking Love to college hockey romance fans.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Good morning! I was tagged by the lovely Maren @ The Worn Bookmark for The Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank, Maren!


Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 5 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

Maren’s Questions:

If you could have a conversation with any book character, who would you choose?

That’s a tough one. Kate from Bright Side by Kim Holden. I feel like she was so inspirational and had a lot of advice to give.

What’s the most amount of books you’ve ever bought at one time?

I can’t give you an exact answer, but I can tell you it was $100 worth. I got an awesome gift card once.

Have you ever dressed up as a book character for Halloween?

No, but my daughter is being Mal from The Isle of the Lost and Return to the Isle of the Lost. Does that count?

Do you prefer coffee or tea?

I prefer coffee. My favorite is Starbucks’ Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, but regular gives me anxiety. 🙁 So now I have to drink decaf. I do also drink green tea, though.

Do you schedule your posts in advance or just post them as you write them?

I schedule them in advance. Every once in a while I will post immediately, but that’s rare.

What’s your favorite way to track your reading? Goodread? On your blog? Some other way?

Goodreads.

Do you subscribe to any author newsletters? If so, which ones?

Oh, gosh. I subscribe to a whole bunch. Pretty much any author I love.

Do you prefer to give or receive book recommendations?

I love giving them, but I also love to receive them from people/bloggers who like to read the same type of books I do.

What’s your opinion on spoilers? Do you love them or hate them?

I normally dislike them. BUT if a book is stressing me out emotionally or I am disliking a book, I will actually seek them out sometimes.

What’s your favorite book that you’ve read so far this year?

This is an evil question. I have so many! I will give you two that I read recently that I would count as favorites:

The Goal by Elle Kennedy
Keepsake by Sarina Bowen.

What’s a recent blog post that you’re proud of?

That’s a tough one. Probably The Goal by Elle Kennedy.


I Tag:

I’m going to copy Maren and nominate the following people to answer the same questions. (Sorry, feeling lazy!)

Alex
Ashley
Jill
Stephanie
The Orang-utan Librarian

 

Review: Play by Piper Lawson

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Author: Piper Lawson
Publication Date: September 14, 2016
Publisher: Victory Editing
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

PLAY is a quirky 70k word standalone about life, love, and the pursuit of orgasms.
I mean, video games.

I’m Payton Blake. A successful, balanced twenty-something girl living the dream.

OK. So it’s a big-ass lie.

I could be all of those things. If I had friends outside of work. And if I didn’t mainline watermelon slushies like they were a food group. It wouldn’t hurt if I’d had sex in the last year, either. (My best friend insists Jorge the Nightstand Boyfriend doesn’t count.)

But when you know where you’re headed, who needs to enjoy the ride? Even if part of me longed for a little between-the-sheets adventure, Max Donovan would be the last guy I’d call.

Sure, he made the indie video game that broke the internet. His eyebrow piercing’s sexy, in an ‘are-you-in-a-band?’ way, and fighting with him gets me off faster than Jorge on bezerker mode. But he’s arrogant. Presumptuous. Colder than a cactus and twice as prickly.

None of it changes the fact that I crave Max Donovan like a watermelon slushy on a hot summer day.

I should ignore him. But I can’t, because he just became my biggest client. And whether he’ll admit it or not, he needs me even more than I need him.

Game on, Max Donovan.


Play is the first book I’ve read by Piper Lawson, but it won’t be my last. I was really pleased with this book. I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into it. A financial executive and a video game creator didn’t exactly scream scorching love story to me, but I was intrigued by the enemies to lovers aspect of it so I decided to give it a shot. I’m so happy I did because the writing was great and the story was so much fun.

Normally I’m a dual point of view girl when it comes to my romances, but I loved that this story was told solely in Payton’s point of view. I loved what a strong female character she was. Payton went after what she wanted professionally and personally. I loved that she stood up for herself and didn’t back down from what she believed in. It was really refreshing to read. With her narration, I didn’t feel like I needed Max’s side of things Adding his point of view would have just complicated the story and taken away from all the cool things going on in Payton’s mind. She was actually really funny!

Don’t get me wrong, I loved Max. He was a super hot nerd with a super sexy piercing. (That dang barbel! I don’t know why I found it so drool worthy, but I did.) His back story and his job added so many great situations to the book. He was the perfect match for Payton.They had amazing chemistry and some super sexy moments together. It was so much fun to watch their romance unfold. It was so lusty and kind of a slow-burn sort of thing.

I enjoyed Play a lot and found it to be a fun new adult romance with a unique storyline. I would highly recommend it to readers who enjoy an office romance that’s kind of “out of the box”.

The Goodreads Book Tag

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Thank you to Flo @ Flowless Books for tagging me for The Goodreads Book Tag. I’m so excited to do this tag! So, here we go!


What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

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Furious Rush wasn’t the last book I finished reading, but it was the last book I marked “read” on Goodreads.

What are you currently reading?

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I can’t bypass a hockey sports romance, so I’m reading Crazy Pucking Love. I found it on NetGalley.

What was the last book you marked as TBR?

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I just found out the Laura McHugh, author of The Weight of Blood, has a second book out. I need to read it!!!

What book do you plan to read next?

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I’m doing a buddy read with some Goodreads friends of All the Rage. I’m excited to read it because I own it and it’s been sitting on my shelf forever.

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes. I’m a high rater. A book pretty much has to suck for me to rate it 2 or less stars.

Are you doing a 2016 Reading Challenge?

Yes. I already completed my goal, which I won’t share because I’ve read an incredibly embarrassing amount of books this year. I think I need to get a life. But I read at three 1-1/2 hour soccer practices every week. That’s my excuse. 😉

Do you have a wishlist?

Um, not really. Well, maybe a mental one.

What book do you plan to buy next?

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I’m buying Author Anonymous because I’m buddy reading it this weekend.

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

Just a few? That’s hard. Here they are:

Dude, socks. If you just wore socks, this wouldn’t have happened.
-Ginger Scott, Wicked Restless

“Just when you think you know someone, they change. Or you change. Or maybe you both change. And that changes everything.
-Kim Holden, Bright Side

“I’m not saying you shouldn’t pursue dreams and goals. Just don’t forsake the present for the unknowns of the future. A lot of happiness is bypassed, overlooked, postponed to a time years from now that may never come. Don’t bide your time and miss out on this moment for a tomorrow with no guarantee.”
-Kim Holden, Bright Side

“Sometimes love is not enough, and it doesn’t matter how much you want it. Want him. And even if nobody else compares to that person, it doesn’t mean that you’re supposed to be with him.”
― Jessica Park, Flat-Out Celeste

Who are your favorite authors?

Honestly, I have too many to count. Here are some of them:

Elle Kennedy
Sarina Bowen
Claire Contreras
Colleen Hoover
Ginger Scott
Karen White
Whitney G.
Meghan Quinn
Amy Harmon
K.A. Tucker
Miranda Kenneally
Kasie West
Kim Holden
Jay McLean
Emery Lord
Jessica Park

I could go on and one forever, so I’ll stop here.

Have you joined any groups?

I’ve joined a bunch of them and used to participate a lot, but now the only one I really participate in is Young Adult Contemporary Romance. I love those ladies!


I tag:

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Arec @ Rainy Thursdays
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Beth @ Betwixt These Pages
Claire @ Art and Soul
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Jennifer @ Wonderland Review
Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews
and anyone else who wants to do this one!