Review: Wildest Dream by RC Boldt

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It’s Sunday Night and I’ve just finished this really great Contemporary Romance by RC Boldt.  Wildest Dream is Book 1 in the Teach Me series.  It revolves around teachers Mac and Raine.

Callum “Mac” Mackenzie has had a broken childhood and served as a Navy Seal.  He’s seen and experienced some dark stuff.  He ends up in Florida teaching Math at an elementary school, where he meets Raine, a fellow teacher.

Not only is Raine a colleague, she happens to be best friends with his best friend’s sister. (Sounds complicated but isn’t I promise) This means he has to tread lightly, no one nighters with this gal or else.  He’s been warned by his best friend to keep it in the “Friend Zone”.

Raine Thompson, is a capable, smart and funny gal. She teaches Science (which automatically ups her likability  quotient in this nerd’s opinion)   She happens to have a knack for bad relationships and wacky dating mishaps.  She is just about ready to give up on love when the new guy comes to town.  He’s hot, he’s a colleague, and he doesn’t do relationships.  Bummer for her.  Raine wants the whole package, butterflies in the tummy and eventually Happily Ever After.  Mac is not the whole package (at least relationship wise).

The pair quickly form a deep friendship and then it escalates.  The challenges come in all forms for this duo.  They both need to dig deep and search their hearts for answers.

This book is well written and edited!  The characters are funny, smart, and realistic.  A big pet peeve of mine in Contemporary Romance is that the characters are one dimensional or have a backstory that is just too tragic to bear witness to.  I love that these characters shop at Target, buy designer clothes at thrift shops, and rent their houses.  I love love love that these ladies and gentlemen are the guys and gals next door.  The men are supportive and the women aren’t doormats, so bravo RC Boldt for giving me a great read and making me look forward to the rest of the series.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I would also recommend it to the Adult Contemporary Romance crowd or anyone who just likes a good romance involving a Navy Seal turned teacher and his good natured, smart, and at times feisty, colleague!

Oh, did I mention that this is a series? Yup, it’s Book 1 in the Teach Me series and believe me, you’ll want to check out the others.

Important links…..

Wildest Dreams by RC Boldt ….Amazon

Wildest Dreams by RC Boldt….Barnes & Noble

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Fuller House: Flip or Flop?

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So, like many of you, when Netflix announced a Full House reboot; I jumped for joy.  I jumped, stalked, and downright obsessed up until Friday February 26, 2016.  I bought my wine, my Chinese Food and settled in for what I presumed would be an EPIC binge of childhood nostalgia.  I wasn’t wrong.

The first episode was what the fans wanted, a reunion. ( No Spoilers Given, Promise).  Check One in the pleased column.  I was happy but was my life changed? No.  I watched on in delight, at the antics and corny jokes, and patted myself on the back for being at least a Kimmy Gibbler on the adult scale of having my shit together.

I finished the season out and felt HAPPY.  Not a lot of programming leaves me feeling that way.  So I was about to take to Facebook and voice my pleasure when I noticed something….Not everyone was as happy about the show as I was.  My first instinct was to go on a rant, but I stopped.  (Plus I’d had 1/2 a bottle of wine soooo…) I kept reading and looking at the few people who had negative things to say and I’ve had time to form my own take on what’s going on.

  1. Most people want an exact replica of the show

This is what a lot of people kept saying.  “It’s not like the original,” or “The original is the best”  Okay, so the original, as is the case with anything is always the best.  Can’t argue there.  But since this is a reboot/reunion, you can’t expect it to be what the original was.  It’s a new main cast with pop-ins from the original cast sprinkled throughout.

2. “I thought it would be different”, or “Why is Candace acting like that, she’s Christian.”

Ok, so conservatives it seemed (at least in the realm of my personal Facebook, consisting of family and close friends) didn’t like the fact that DJ, played by well known Conservative Christian Candace Cameron Bure, went out to a club and then drank  tequila while wearing a “club dress”, well folks, I have news for you.  DJ is not Candace and Candace is not DJ.  Candace was “acting” like that because she is an ACTRESS, it’s in the job description.  (PS not in anyway attacking Conservatives, just pointing out something)

3. “It’s not family friendly”

My Facebook peers didn’t want their children watching because of the above mentioned tequila and D-word.  That’s fine, everyone can choose what their children watch.  I wholeheartedly respect that.  My kids watched it and they also know not to drink tequila, or say “Damn”.  My kids liked it, I liked it, we didn’t fight over Netflix control for the night.  In my house it’s family friendly, but also in my house we watch Harry Potter, Dr. Who, and Supernatural so a lot of people may question my parenting on that point.

So here’s my take.  Fuller House is not going to win an Emmy for profound or life changing writing.  It does get my vote for cheese ball comedy and warm and fuzzy feels.  I think that it was written for those of us that grew up with the show.  We’re the same age as the Tanner kids, now adults, and the writing is trying to reflect our point of view.  It’s not for everybody, but that’s what I got out of it.  The Tanner girls are all grown up, trying to figure out life; like the rest of us. I also think that some people take things way too seriously.  Relax a little. Life can be good!

Since I’m a book blogger, I have to rate it. If this were a book I’d give if 4 out of 5 stars and eagerly look for the next installment. Hope I’m not the only one! Happy Reading! Happy Binge Watching!

Bibliogal

AKA

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Naughty Angel

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Hello!  As promised, I’ve read book number 2 in K.M. Nuehold’s series Sexy Nerd Boys.  Naughty Angel is the story of Asher and Eve.  Asher is one of Ethan’s friends so lots of tie ins to Worth The Wait (Book 1), but it can be read as a stand alone.

Asher is a genius.  Like he could easily hang with Sheldon and Leonard on the Big Bang Theory, genius.  He doesn’t exactly fit the “Genius” stereotype though.  He has tattoos and piercings everywhere and has a reputation as a bad boy.  He’s fine with this and keeps his alternate “nerd” lifestyle a secret, until he meets Eve.

 

Eve is a Mid-Western preacher’s daughter, who has lived and extremely sheltered life. Homeschooling and religious extremism have left her searching for an identity.  Against her parents wishes she enrolls in college and starts her journey.  She meets Asher at a party and is immediately attracted to him.

The two form a friendship centered around geek culture that eventually leads to more.  The struggle in the story comes from both overcoming preconceived notions about the other and a creepy old boyfriend who doesn’t know when to give up.

I really really enjoyed this book!  The story was well constructed and the characters were so well developed that I know exactly what actors I would want to use in the movie version!  The “love” scenes were plentiful and risque which I know a lot of people enjoy, (I’ve been married for 10 years and still have a hard time typing the word sex, so bear with me here. I’m such a nerd)  I gladly and wholeheartedly give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

So far this is my favorite in the series and the end of the book gives a sneak peek into the next book, (out this summer)!  I hope K.M. Neuhold churns out many more in this series.  I can definitely think of 2 couples I want to read about. I should also mention this book is best suited for 18+ years of age *wink *wink.

Check out Naughty Angel on Amazon and Barnes and Noble , it’s naughty, it’s nerdy, and worth it!

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Changes Are A Comin’

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I’m 2 months in and couldn’t be more pleased with my journey as a blogger so far!  I have always had a general idea of what I wanted this blog to be, but I’ve struggled to make it happen.  Today I have decided that I’m going to be true to myself and have a little more fun with my work.  I want this to be fun and light so I’m switching up some things in the Book Review Dept.  As of March 1 2016, I will no longer be reviewing Romance Novels of a Mature nature.  Here’s why…..

I do read these types of books from time to time, but honestly, I can’t deal with the naughty scenes.  I’m just not mature enough I guess.  Give me a story with badass characters on a mission and if romance happens, then great! If not, I’m okay.  Some sexy scenes are okay, I just can’t handle graphic ones.  I’m essentially a 16 year old trapped in a 30 year old’s body.

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Don’t get me wrong, there are amazing authors out there who are talented and can write romance like nobody’s business, but it’s out of my comfort zone for sure.  If Romance novels cross my desktop or Kindle, they’ll be Sweet Romance, YA, or Historical where the scenes are a little bit toned down or non existent.

That being said, I will say that I’m looking forward to the last 2 Contemporary Adult Romances I’ll be reviewing this month.  So buckle up, I’m sure we’ll all be in for a wild ride! 😉

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Happy Reading!

BiblioGal

AKA

Rebecca!

Review: Worth The Wait by K.M. Neuhold

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**Disclaimer: I was given a free copy in exchange for an HONEST review**

 

Worth The Wait, by K.M. Neuhold is a Contemporary Adult Romance set amid a college campus and oozing with geek lore and pop culture references.  It’s Book 1 in the Sexy Nerd Boys series.  The story is told from the points of view of both Abby and Ethan, neighbors who happen to share a love of Dr. Who and Netflix.

Abby has a tragic past which results in a pretty tough exterior and a strict No Hanky Panky Rule.  She’s scarred emotionally and physically and has a lot of hang ups.

Ethan is a playboy with a heart of gold.  He’s carefree and always cheerful.  He also has a reputation on campus for being a Lothario.

Abby meets Ethan when she moves in with her friend Lee.  Ethan lives in the apartment across the hall and happens to be Lee’s big brother, so opportunity is ripe for awkward moments and sexy scenes (which are plentiful on both ends).

While Ethan and Abby hit it off pretty quickly, it seems Abby’s past won’t stop haunting her and Ethan’s reputation is totally getting in the way of a simple road to Happily Ever After. Both of them have baggage and it certainly causes a lot of WTF moments and eyerolls during the course of the story. To be fair though, if happy endings were easy to come by then the Romance Genre would be out of business pretty quickly.

The characters are well rounded and you certainly find yourself rooting for them all in the end. I especially love that the couple in question bond over Netflix and Dr. Who marathons.  The references to other forms of geek entertainment are also pretty pleasing.  I’m into a lot of “Geek” stuff myself so when a random X Men or Whovian shout got mentioned, I did a little cheer.

I don’t give out spoilers, but there were times when I wasn’t sure what was going to happen to the couple.  In the end I was pretty satisfied, wink wink.

Using the 5 Star rating method; 1= bad 2=tolerable 3=good  4=great 5= perfect, I give this book 3 out of 5 Stars and here’s why.

The story is good.  The characters have a lot to work through and started off a little unlikable.  After the first few chapters they grow on you and become part of your book friends group. I had to take off a few stars because Ethan’s back story was not as detailed as Abby’s.  This was important to me since both characters were telling the story simultaneously and both are main characters.  There are some editing issues with the book as well.  Mostly typos and font discrepancies so not too bad.  This story is good.  With some very small tweaking it could be perfect.

I would recommend it to the 18 years and older crowd.  The love scenes were pretty steamy and described very graphically, so definitely not for kiddos.  It also falls into the category of New Adult Romance and is Contemporary so it’s pretty relevant with modern day issues, so definitely check it out if you’re a geek, a romance junkie, or a secret pervert who likes to read about sex. (Just kidding, but definitely check it out)

Next Week, I’ll be reviewing Book 2 in this series: Naughty Angel

Here are some important links:

Worth The Wait (Sexy Nerd Boys Book 1) Amazon Kindle

 

K.M. Neuhold Amazon Author Page 

Worth The Wait (Sexy Nerd Boys Book 1) Nook

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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It’s Valentine’s Day and to celebrate I’ll be reviewing Romance Novels from now until the end of the month!  Expect an update in about 24 hours with a review of….

Worth The Wait by K. M. Neuhold

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Here’s a quick synopsis via Amazon:

Abby:

I have issues. Like, serious, major issues. And, the last thing I want or need is a man in my life to make things more complicated. Unfortunately for me my roommates drop dead gorgeous brother seems hell bent on seducing me. And, what’s worse is that he’s kind of the perfect guy. Resisting him just might kill me.

Ethan:

I don’t do relationships. I prefer to keep things casual, and I’m always up front with women so that no one ever gets hurt. But, my sister’s new roommate…yeah I might have a small obsession. What the hell is a guy supposed to do though when he meets a woman who is not only beautiful but also feisty, fun, and way into nerd culture? I may be doomed.

Stay tuned for the dissection of the Contemporary New Adult Romance!

 

Overload

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So I just finished up a project that I took on and I think I might need a break.  I know it sounds wimpy, “You just started your blog a month ago and you’re already burnt out?”

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Not burnt out on blogging, or reviewing books, I’m just burnt out a little on reviewing books in a formal and regulated fashion.  I’m a casual kind of gal and I am very wordy and I like to overuse commas.  I understand myself. Grammar and punctuation Nazis don’t. I don’t take criticism very well.  Blame it on low self esteem, I take everything personally. So I think it’s time to take a break from doing freelance and for a little while just focus on doing reviews my way, on books I picked out myself.

In addition to Book Reviewing, last year I got my license to perform wedding ceremonies. It started off slow and this year, BAM! It’s taking off like a rocket.  While I’m pleased in the upswing, the introvert in me is freaking out.  Hence the immense feeling of being overwhelmed.

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 Maybe I’ll save the earnings from my wedding business and spend it on a nice Book/Author convention, or better yet a Supernatural Convention. What’s overwhelming you and what do you need to do to get back to your happy place errr mind palace?

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Happy Reading,

Bibliogal

AKA

Rebecca

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