Review: Undeniably Yours (Kowalski Family #2) by Shannon Stacey

Undeniably Yours

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One-night stand + two percent condom failure rate = happily ever after?

Bar owner Kevin Kowalski is used to women throwing their phone numbers at him, but lately he’s more interested in finding a woman to settle down with. A woman like Beth Hansen. If only their first meeting hadn’t gone so badly…

Beth’s tending bar at a wedding when she comes face-to-face with a tuxedo-clad man she never thought she’d see again. She tries to keep her distance from Kevin but, by last call, she can’t say no to his too-blue eyes or the invitation back to his room. Then she slips out before breakfast without leaving a note and, despite their precautions, pregnant.

Kevin quickly warms to the idea of being a dad and to seeing where things go with Beth. After all, he’s not the player she thinks he is. But she’s not ready for a relationship and, given his reputation, it’s going to take a lot to convince her to go on a second date with the father of her child…

Well, this book just…felt like it went on forever. And it annoyed me greatly – well, the heroine annoyed the living shit out of me.

I really, really dislike books where the reason the hero and heroine don’t get together is because “reasons.” In Undeniably Yours the reason the H/h stay apart the entire book is because the heroine doesn’t want to do permanent relationships. Because her parents hovered and smothered. Although she has a good relationship with them. And she’s pregnant. And broke. Because reasons! And feelings!
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Review: Exclusively Yours (The Kowalski Family #1) by Shannon Stacey

Exclusively Yours

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When Keri Daniels’ editor finds out she has previous carnal knowledge of reclusive bestselling author Joe Kowalski, she gives Keri a choice: get an interview or get a new job.

Joe’s never forgotten the first girl to break his heart, so he’s intrigued to hear Keri’s back in town–and looking for him. Despite his intense need for privacy, he’ll grant Keri an interview if it means a chance to finish what they started in high school.

He proposes an outrageous plan–for every day she survives with his family on their annual camping and four-wheeling trip, Keri can ask one question. Keri agrees; she’s worked too hard to walk away from her career.

But the chemistry between them is still as potent as the bug spray, Joe’s sister is out to avenge his broken heart and Keri hasn’t ridden an ATV since she was ten. Who knew a little blackmail, a whole lot of family and some sizzling romantic interludes could make Keri reconsider the old dream of Keri & Joe 2gether 4ever.

This book has been an interesting experience for me. There was a lot of negative impressions/views about Keri (the heroine) at the beginning of the book and those negative views were not initially tempered by Keri’s own voice. Other than the basic character introduction and [plot] motivation, the reader is told about Keri from the view of Joe (the scorned ex) and his twin sister Lisa (the scorned ex-best friend). Not to beat about the bush, the initial view of Keri is…pretty atrocious. Seriously. The reader learns that Keri dropped Lisa – her best friend – in high school when she became popular and that Keri dropped Joe – her high school sweetheart – as soon as the diploma hit her hot little hands. Then Keri leaves town and doesn’t see or speak to them again…for almost 20 years. The reader learns that Lisa was really hurt by Keri’s actions and that Joe was devastated: he withdraws from his family and friends and becomes an alcoholic.

Let’s be honest, Keri sounded like a bitch and I have a hard time rooting for bitches. I was about five seconds from DNF’ing this book at chapter one…until I thought about something: Keri was 18 when she moved away…Joe became an alcoholic at 18?! WTF, yo! That’s…a bit much to try to put on a kid’s shoulders. Having that thought really was the only thing that kept me from tossing this one.
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Coursera: MOOC Learning – Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative

I decided to take a MMOC free online class with Coursera. The class I’m taking is named Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative. So excited!

We’re currently in Week 1 of the course. During this week our assignments include:

Readings
- J.R.R Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring (“Prologue, Concerning Hobbits, and other matters” and Book One)
- Jesper Juul’s Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds (first 7-pages of the “Introduction” )- Constantine P. Cavafy’s poem “Ithaca”

(Computer) Gameplay for Week 1 (required for students on the Distinction Track; optional for all others):
- Download and install Lord of the Rings Online
- Create a character
- Complete the Tutorial and the Intro quests

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Lost Sales 2014: Week of July 13-19

Wow! It’s been months since I had to log a Lost Sale! It’s not like I do it often (alas, my book buying habits are OOT) but I’m always surprised when I do.

Just to recap, here are my primary reasons for abandoning a sale:

[Author] Bullshit
Exclusive Contracts
Geographical Restrictions
Not Available in preferred store/format

15-Jul-2014
It's Always Been YouBook: It’s Always Been You (Always #1)
Author: Victoria Paige
How We Met: I saw a rating by a friend on Goodreads. I followed that to the book page which had some good reviews.
Problem: Exclusive Contract [with Amazon]. This book is only available on Amazon Kindle. I do not own an Amazon Kindle. I checked Kobo, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks, Smashwords AND the author’s site. Nothing.
Resolution: Will not purchase – cannot purchase.
Amount Saved: $0.99

Review: Love Irresistibly (FBI/US Attorney #4) by Julie James

Love Irresistibly

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HE’S USED TO GETTING WHAT HE WANTS…

A former football star and one of Chicago’s top prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan will do anything to nail a corrupt state senator, which means he needs Brooke Parker’s help. As general counsel for a restaurant company, she can get a bug to the senator’s table at one of her five-star restaurants so the FBI can eavesdrop on him. All Cade has to do is convince Brooke to cooperate—and he’s not afraid to use a little charm, or the power of his office, to do just that.

AND WHAT HE WANTS IS HER.

A savvy businesswoman, Brooke knows she needs to play ball with the U.S. Attorney’s office—even if it means working with Cade. No doubt there’s a sizzling attraction beneath all their sarcastic quips, but Brooke is determined to keep things casual. Cade agrees—until a surprising turn of events throws his life into turmoil, and he realizes that he wants more than just a good time from the one woman with whom he could fall terrifyingly, irresistibly in love . . .

The final read in my Julie James glomming.

So. Now that I have read all the books in the FBI/US Attorney series, I can say that I found this book to be…one of the more boring of the group. It’s not really memorable so I had to go read the blurb to remind myself of who, what, when, where and how. O_o

And the biggest transgression? Plot Moppet! Accck! James gave me a plot moppet in the middle of a contemporary romance series that stars career singles with no children. Along with a “forgive family anything” ending. I almost threw up in my mouth. O_O
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2014 Book Purchases: June

I always start the draft for these monthly book purchase updates at the beginning of the month. It gives me a chance to look back over the previous month and encourage myself to do better throughout the coming month.

02-Jun-2014 Update: Sooo…. I totally busted my budget already! I found a new author – Julie James – and I completely blew my budget on the rest of the books in the FBI/US Attorney series. My goal now is to stop buying books for the rest of the (very long month).

08-Jun-2014 Update: Soooo, I bought another book: All You Need Is Kill. It’s the book that the movie Edge of Tomorrow is based on. I enjoyed the movie so… don’t judge me

13-Jun-2014 Update: Ok, so I have a purchasing problem. I recognize this. O_o

 
 
Something About YouBook: Something About You (FBI/US Attorney #1)
Author: Julie James
Cost: $7.13
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 02-Jun-2014
Notes: FBI/US Attorney Series completion (Review Here)
 
 
A Lot like LoveBook: A Lot Like Love (FBI/US Attorney #2)
Author: Julie James
Cost: $3.99
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 02-Jun-2014
Notes: FBI/US Attorney Series completion (Review Here)
 
 
About That NightBook: About That Night (FBI/US Attorney #3)
Author: Julie James
Cost: $6.41
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 02-Jun-2014
Notes: FBI/US Attorney Series completion (Review Here)
 
 
Love IrresistiblyBook: Love Irresistibly (FBI/US Attorney #4)
Author: Julie James
Cost: $4.00
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 02-Jun-2014
Notes: FBI/US Attorney Series completion (Review Here)
 
 
All You Need Is KillBook: All You Need Is Kill
Author: Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Cost: $8.46
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Purchased: 08-Jun-2014
Notes: The movie Edge of Tomorrow was adapted from this book
 
 
Kowalski Series Bundle 1Book: Kowalski Series Bundle 1
Author: Shannon Stacey
Cost: $4.61
Format: eBook Omnibus
Date Purchased: 13-Jun-2014
Notes: Contains the full length novels: Exclusively Yours, Undeniably Yours & Yours To Keep
 
 
All Through the NightBook: All Through the Night
Author: Connie Brockway
Cost: $3.49
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 13-Jun-2014
Notes: I have no will power. AND no shame.
 
 
Conan the BarbarianBook: Conan the Barbarian
Author: Robert E. Howard
Cost: $10.00
Format: Trade Paperback, Omnibus (includes 10 stories)
Date Purchased: 27-Jun-2014
Notes: I have no willpower.
 
 
Rumble TumbleBook: Rumble Tumble
Author: Joe R. Lansdale
Cost: $0.50
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 27-Jun-2014
Notes: No Comment
 
 
Code: VeronicaBook: Code: Veronica (Resident Evil #6)
Author: S.D. Perry
Cost: $0.50
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 27-Jun-2014
Notes: No comment [series completion still in progress: 2/6]
 
 

 
 

June 2014 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 10
Total Amount Spent: $49.09
Malazan Books Purchased: 0
(M) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Amount Spent: $49.09
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0.00
June Budget Available (not including Malazan purchases): -($29.09)

Review: About That Night (FBI/US Attorney #3) by Julie James

About That Night

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He’s Playing Games

Though Rylann Pierce tried to fight the sparks she felt for billionaire heir Kyle Rhodes the night they met, their sizzling chemistry was undeniable. But after being stood up on their first date, Rylann never expected to see him again. So when she finds herself face-to-face with Kyle in a courthouse nine years later, she’s stunned. More troubling to the beautiful assistant U.S. attorney is that she’s still wildly attracted to him.

But She’s Making The Rules

Just released from prison, Kyle Rhodes isn’t thrilled to be the star witness in a high-profile criminal case—but when Rylann comes knocking at his door, he finds she may be the one lawyer he can’t say no to. Still as gorgeous and sharp-tongued as ever, she lays down the law: she doesn’t mix business with pleasure. But Kyle won’t give up on something he wants—and what he wants is the one woman he’s never forgotten.

I’m really not sure what to say about this book. I enjoyed the read but…it had parts that were unsettling and/or unbelievable to me. I put it down and it was over a week before I picked it back up.
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