Sunday, February 9, 2014

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Pages: 320
Goodreads rating: 4.06/5 stars
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
Genre: Romance, Erotica, Contemporary

Summary: (Goodreads)

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. 

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He's exacting, blunt, inconsiderate--and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family's massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who'd been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative--completely infuriating--creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he's never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe's so tempting he's willing to bend the rules--or outright smash them--if it means he can have her. All over the office. 

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they're willing to lose in order to win each other.

My review:
Bennett Ryan is indeed a beautiful bastard. He's one irresistibly gorgeous boss that fell in love with a smart, witty secretary, Chloe Mills.

I find this similar to Fifty Shades of Grey. There intimate scenes than conflicts which is a little let down for me because I look more into the story than sex scenes. It's just a pure love story. I find it weird that the names of the characters came from Twilight and it quite annoyed me in some ways I'm imagining actors/actresses who portrayed them.. (given it's a fan-fiction. I do respect that. I guess I'm just not used to it)

On the other side of it, I love the dual POV on this book. It's great to hear their own sides and their pasts. Overall this is great and I'm definitely reading its novellas and sequels.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Pages: 452
Goodreads rating: 3.75/ 5 stars
My rating: 2/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Summary: (Goodreads)

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.

My review:

Originally posted on my Goodreads.

I do have a weak spot for fallen angels because they're one of my favorite fictional creatures/characters and of course for bad boys.

This review might contain spoilers.

As much as I wanted to like this book, it was not enough to impressed me. It started really DULL. It's boring and I find it hard to get into the story which made me a slow reader or simply put me in a READING SLUMP. The story itself was okay, however some parts are confusing. There's no elaboration to the shadowy-thing Luce had been seeing throughout her entire living years. I mean, c'mon?! this book is thick and there's just no tiny explanation to it at some point? :\ sorry for the rant but I cannot see any twist on this. It was like Luce was reborn, then die. The cycle repeats. I just don't get it. Sorry.

The first half of this book tested my patience. Luce was whiny, clingy and it's frustrating. I hated Daniel first. He's a jerk in the beginning then he became this romantic-hot-fallen-angel. (Like I said, WEAK SPOT FOR FALLEN ANGELS/BAD BOYS and I just can't help it.) The cover for this book was attractive and it indeed caught my attention.

I am giving this series a chance. I really hope there's an improvement and somehow filled the missing details. We'll see on the next book. :)