Friday, February 20, 2015

Mastering a Sinner (The Sinners Club #3) by Kate Pearce



Reviewed by Tabatha


On principle, I generally steer clear of FemDom books simply because they've never been my cup of tea. I've had one or two authors who have written them in a way that has worked for me in the past, but this one missed the mark. Sadly, I was kind of ambivalent reading Mastering a Sinner, and it wasn't the fact that Diana was a Domme. I honestly just couldn't connect with these two characters, and I frankly didn't think enough was spent on them to make me emotionally engaged in their relationship. For all the time they spent kinking it up, they simply didn't have enough intimate moments together to make me believe they fell in love. Lust...absolutely, but definitely not love because they really lacked a true emotional connection.

It's all rather unfortunate, because I think that this series has been really great so far. Mastering a Sinner had all the same level of intrigue and mystery going on, which quite surprised a few times, but I just didn't care one wit if these two could actually work things out between them. Alistair character was weak. It wasn't because he craved being dominated in the bedroom, but because he seemed exceedingly weak willed where his brother was concerned. Harry demonstrated time and time again that he had no love for Alistair, and I couldn't grasp as to why he put up with Harry at all. That above all was the biggest issue I think I had. I really understood his reasoning for craving dominance in the bedroom, and boy did he, but aside from his unwavering loyalty (for all save Harry) his character was just not all that appealing to me.

Overall, I think you can see that I didn't enjoy these characters, but I'm definitely going to continue on with this series though. There were some new revelations that come about that left me interested to see where things lead from here.

*I received a review copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

 For more information about this series or Kate's books, please check out her website.

Dinner at Eight (Sunday Night Dinner Club #3) by Jess Dee



Reviewed by Tabatha


I've said it over and over again how talented of a writer I believe Jess Dee to be, but this book is simply incredible. Dinner at Eight is a powerful and moving story, and I loved each and every moment of it. Jess has never been one to shy away from an emotional story, which is why I love her so much, but this one had so much more depth to it than any of her previous books with maybe the exception of her Circle of Friends series. What made this book so special for me was the subject matter. Ava feels broken inside. She put her trust in the wrong man and now, although she is just going through the motions of living life and taking back what pieces she can, she still feels that some aspects of her previous life are never going to come back again because she just can't trust others and most of all herself.

When Jared, her long-time best friend, returns from being in the states for the last year and a half, you can automatically tell by her reaction to him that they have an undeniable and very powerful connection. Ava is such a deeply strong character, but she also had this hidden vulnerability too that just nearly breaks your heart as you find out more about what happened during her marriage. I also don't think anyone else could have been more compassionate or caring towards Ava as Jared was. He holds the title as my second favorite hero ever, because of his unwavering support and love for Ava as she pushes to take back all aspects of her life. You know, I'm amazed that it took so long for them to get together, but then again I honestly think that the timing was quite perfect as well.

Overall, I feel that Dee has something pretty amazing here that you should all read. It is an emotional roller coaster, but when you get to the end it will leave you with a smile and a warm fuzzy feeling inside. So needless to say, Jess Dee delivered in a BIG way with Dinner at Eight, and I promise you guys are going to love every single moment of it just as I did.

*I received a review copy in exchange for my honest review*

For more information about this series or Jess's books, please check out her website.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Unconditional (Always #1) by Cherie M. Hudson



Reviewed by Tabatha


This one had all the perfect elements to make it a really great read and I absolutely loved this heartwarming story. It had a very original plot with well developed characters, and I laughed just as much as I cried. Emotions were definitely deep in this one, and wow did these two pack a punch in the chemistry department! The heat between them is intense and no matter how much Maci holds herself back, Raph isn't going to let her get away. Honestly, what I think I loved most about this book was just how real it felt. It handles a real life type situation, and we know going into it that the HEA is going to be difficult for these guys. Facing reality isn't going to be easy, but love is unconditional and that is exactly what this story reminds you. Definitely give this one a read guys, because I know you will love it too!

*I received a review copy from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.*

For more information about this series or Cherie's upcoming books, please check out her website.

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