Monday, July 21, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (7/21/14)
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Well, it's Monday. That means a new week of many things, but I choose to focus on the fact that it means a new week of reading! After all, I like to look for the positive parts of life.

Last week was a busy week. On top of the books pictured above, I also finished two other novellas, a graphic novel, and sent two books to the DNF shelf. I've been working to catch up on my backlog of reading material :).

Tim Curran's Blackout garnered 5 stars from me, for being really original and creepy. The Bridesmaid was one of our book club picks, and it was adorable! I gave it 3 stars for being cute and fun. Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews got a 4 star rating from me, because I love Dina. Am I the only one who thinks Ilona Andrews writes the best female characters? Finally, Meeting His Match by Katee Robert got a 4 star rating from me. Such a deep, character driven romance. Plus Caine is to die for, ladies. Go get him!

I'll be starting William Meikle's The Exiled after work today. I'm becoming an addict of DarkFuse fiction! They have some of the most amazing horror writers, and it's a ton of fun to read. I'm also currently listening to Reboot by Amy Tintera. It's been on my wishlist for a while, because one of my favorite narrators reads it. So far? It's great! I have high hopes.

Since I anticipate finishing my novella above pretty quickly, I already have another Entangled: Lovestruck book lined up! I love these. I'm a very character driven reader, and these romances have that in spades! I can't wait for another one :).
That's it for me! What are YOU reading this week? Don't forget to leave a link so I can go and visit you too!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

ARC Review: Meeting His Match by Katee Robert

Media Type: Ebook (ARC)
Title: Meeting His Match
Author: Katee Robert
Publisher: Entangled: Lovestruck
Pages: Ebook; 157
Release Date: July 21, 2014
Source: Publisher
Genre: Romance

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy character driven romance with remarkably well built characters!

Add it on: Goodreads / Amazon / BookLikes
When New York matchmaker Addison St. Claire is tasked with matching her best friend's new brother-in-law, she almost refuses. But the sexy southern CEO turns out to be a challenge she can't resist, because if anyone needs to meet his soul mate, it's this man. And if matching him with someone else removes the temptation of being near him? Even better.

The last thing Caine McNeill needs is a matchmaker—especially a gorgeous redhead who spouts nonsense about soul mates, critiques what he drives and how he dresses, buys him a dog, and pesters him about a million little things he couldn't care less about. It's a crying shame he has to keep his hands off because chemistry like what's flaring between them ought to be explored. Thoroughly.

And so the battle begins. Addison is determined to stick to her plan of setting him up on dates with other women, and Caine is equally determined to ignore these women and seduce her.

Let me take you back. Back to a time when I truly believed that all romance novels were too full of fluff and rainbows to be worth a read. A time when just staring at the cover of one of those novels would make me cringe. I don't miss that period of time. At all. Now that I've fallen in love with reading about love? I could never go back. Which is why Meeting His Match by Katee Robert promptly ended up in my reading list. A story featuring a stubborn CEO, complete with Southern drawl? Yes, please. I'll take ten.

I'll start with Addison. While she wasn't my favorite character ever, she eventually grew on me. I loved her obvious passion for her job and her sweet demeanor that could turn to steel in an instant if the occasion called for it. Mostly, I loved the fact that Addison wasn't perfect. She was flawed, and that made her feel real to me. The one thing that irked me, and I'll be honest about it, was Addison's view on "soul mates". More than once I wanted to shake her silly. I may or may not have yelled "Would you just quit being so mopey and GET YOUR MAN ALREADY?" at the pages. Hey, it just proves I was invested.

As for Caine? Oh, mother of all things bookish, he was an addictive character. There was nothing I didn't love about him! A bit grumpy, a bit set in his ways, but with that smoldering smile that makes you feel like you might honestly burst into flames. I adored his witty sarcasm, his unfailingly honesty, and the fact that all he really wanted in life was to be happy. Caine wasn't a character who took what he wanted by force. He wasn't that guy who plays an asshole, just to impress women. He was just himself, and that was just fine by me. He has my heart and, well, anything else he wants really.

This is an extremely character driven story. There were a lot of sweet moments between these two, but also a fair amount of drama. It was very much a story about letting go of the past, and allowing yourself to be happy. Meeting His Match is the first book I've read in Entangled's new "Lovestruck" line, but I know it won't be my last! The characters were so richly detailed, there was the perfect mix of both Addison and Caine's POV, and these two had to fight for their happy ending. In my mind, these things equal out to a very entertaining story. So, yes. I'll be back for more.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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