Book Review- Midnight Caller by N.J. Cole

Book Description

Rebecca Summers enjoys pleasing herself with the curtains open. When a mysterious stranger calls to tell her that he is watching, fantasy becomes reality as she begins to perform for him. Following his instructions over the phone while he watches from afar, she finds herself craving more.

Oliver Durant has always been drawn to humans to exert the dominance and control his kind needs to feel alive. While secretly observing her and calling nightly, he can’t seem to get enough of Rebecca, whom he refers to as butterfly. His urges with her are stronger than the need to dominate, as he is driven to possess her in every way.

Both of their worlds are turned upside down when they finally meet and she agrees to enter into a Dominant/submissive relationship with her Midnight Caller

My Thoughts

Let´s keep this short and painless.

A slight waste of my time.

It´s really disappointing because I expected something completely different when I started reading `Midnight Caller` by author N.J. Cole. I expected a BDSM romance. A well written story that would knock me out of my panties. Well, I sure did get knocked out of my underwear- just not in a good way.

Some scenes were okay- even sexy as hell. But one tiny, little piece of info was NOT included in the book description and that killed the story for me. midnight caller

The moment I found out the Hero was an alien, I actually voiced a „ WTF?“ louder then I intended too. I don´t know about all the other readers who read Midnight Caller, but I wasn´t too extatic reading about an alien dominating. That was, in my opinion, far from sexy. If I wanted to read a sci-fi BDSM romance, I would have looked for one. But I didn´t, so why did I end up reading this book? Because someone forgot to mention the sci-fi part.

I see aliens as creatures who kidnap people at an unholy hour and experiment on them. OR….I just imagine Ridley Scott´s movie, Alien. Remember that scary piece of lump from outer space who used people as hosts or killed them, because…..that´s what aliens do? THAT`S how I see an alien. They don´t screw like Gods. So, no matter how hot the sexy scenes were…..I had such a hard time getting into the mindset I was supposed to go in. I cannot, for all that´s pink and fluffy, wrap my head around that one.

The characters, Rebecca and Oliver did´t do anything for me. Sure, I realized that what they had was supposed to be fantabulous and all, but I felt no connection to either of them, nor did I feel a connection between those characters. I blame it on the alien issue.

I can see why alot of readers loved this book. It WAS hot. It WAS unique. And it WAS out of this world. It was just too out-of-this-world for me. At the end….I didn´t like the whole thing.

If Oliver was a human this story would have been a tad better, but not much .

There is a second book available but I think I´ll pass.

Note to myself: For the future- double check if the book has aliens in it before buying.

Would I re-read this book? Uuhm, nope.

Would I recommend this book? I´m not sure. I´m leaning towards „no“.

 

The Cover- 2 stars ( The cover is too dark ((both old and new)). It´s not really eye- catchy either.)

The Story- 2 stars ( I can´t deal with aliens. That´s just too far away from anything I like.)

The Characters – 2 stars ( Where to start? Where to end? Totally 2 dimentional. Unlikable.)

My emotional state after finishing this read- Fed up.

I´m giving `Midnight Caller` by N.J. Cole 2 out of 5 stars.

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You can purchase this book on Amazon.com by clicking here.

The Pawn ( Endgame #1) – Skye Warren

Book Description

The price of survival…

Gabriel Miller swept into my life like a storm. He tore down my father with cold retribution, leaving him penniless in a hospital bed. I quit my private all-girl’s college to take care of the only family I have left.

There’s one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value.

My virginity.

A forbidden auction…

Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he’s the only kindness in a brutal underworld.

Except he’s playing a deeper game than I know. Every move brings us together, every secret rips us apart. And when the final piece is played, only one of us can be left standing.

THE PAWN is a full-length contemporary novel from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love. 

My Thoughts

I loved the title…I loved the tagline on the cover and I enjoyed the story.

It´s sexy, it´s dark, it´s…… sadly predictable.

It´s hard for me to give just one reason why I didn´t fall head over heels for `The Pawn` ( Endgame #1). Maybe it´s because I tried to relate to the Heroine and failed miserably. Or, maybe I´m not emotionally attached to a hymen anymore ( like the Heroine is / was ). It´s been a while since…. Well, you get the point, right? The importance of my virginity is long forgotten.

The story is basically about a young woman, Avery, who comes from a wealthy family and loses everything overnight due to her father´s crooked businesses. Having no other choice, Avery decides to give away her virginity to a man who knowingly destroyed her family´s name. Gabriel Miller.

This is where I heard an imaginary buzzer go off in my head.

She lost everything and the family name was ruined beyond means. Why not just leave town, grow some boobs and start new? Characters always have different life struggles to choose from * shoulder shrug *.

BUT, Avery decides to take the gritty route and auctions herself off in an exclusive gentlemen´s club to raise money so she can pay for her fathers medical care. 3…2…1 sold, to the lucky bastard, Gabriel Miller, a.k.a. the mysterious, dark, criminal / business man.

Yeah, no….maybe. * throws hands up in defeat * I´m having mixed feeling all over.

The idea of the story isn´t bad but it was kind of drastic, fast paced and predictable.

But then there were parts I loved. For one- the sex scenes are the bomb! The sub-characters were interesting as hell and the details were great.

I wish I could say more about the story but I can´t. Not without spoiling more than I already have.

What I can say is that I haven´t given up hope yet. The story ends with a cliffhanger and I´m really eager to find out how the story ends ( despite my complaints ).

The Cover – 5 stars ( Gorgeous!)

The Story – 3 stars (  I didn´t buy the „I have nothing to my name besides my virginity“ thing in this one)

The Characters – 3-4 stars ( I disliked Avery but loved everyone else. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Not completely satisfied but still eager to know how the story ends.

I´m giving `The Pawn` ( Endgame #1 ), by Skye Warren, 3 out of 5 stars

`The Pawn is available on Amazon.com. Just click here and enjoy!

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Monster in His Eyes ( Monster in His Eyes #1)- J.M. Darhower

Book Description

Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I’m thinking before I even do.

It’s alarming and alluring. It’s dark and deadly. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

It doesn’t take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it’s too late. He has secrets, secrets I can’t fathom, secrets that make it so I can’t walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that’s both terrifying and thrilling. He’s a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.

I want to hate him.

Sometimes, I do.

But it doesn’t stop me from loving him, too.

My Thoughts

I can hardly believe it myself but I actually loved Monster In His Eyes (book #1). What a fun and adventurous, dark and addicting read! Such a mind blower and panty dropping story.

With this author being new to me I had absolutely no idea what to expect ( except for reading the book description, D´uh.) So, I began and I couldn´t put this book down, even if my life depended on it. And now…I don´t feel any guilt what so ever because this story was worth every minute of my time.

Fabulous storytelling. The pace, the settings, the characters….all were far more than I expected.

There´s no beating around the bush with this one. I loved it.


A 100% non-predictable story. I swear…I thought I had the story all figured out after each chapter only to discover I was so far off * gg *. No. Actually, this story was in a way predictable. I knew something awful was bound to happen but I didn´t know when and how or what was going to happen. That was the worst part of it all. That…and the cliffhanger * head against wall*

Karissa Reed is an 18 year old college student. She lives off Ramen soup,( I personally LOVE ramen soup ) and struggles with one of her classes.

One fine day, she forgets something in the classroom and is confronted with a guy who´s drop dead gorgeous. But not just any guy. No. He´s mysterious to the core and he was going to change Karissa´s life forever.

Naz ( Ignazio) Vitale is a man who has it. Period. The attitude, the sex appeal, the language ( especially the body language….* sheesh*) He was frightening as hell with an attitude to compliment his appearance. So, I knew he wasn´t THAT squeaky clean on the inside as he seemed on the outside. He is death on two legs!

Anyways- Naz and Karissa come closer and end up in something like a relationship which consisted of Naz adoring Karissa to the bone and Karissa just wanting to be with Naz ( isn´t that just beautiful? * depressing sigh*) I began to get suspicious when I kept reading about how good/loving/caring Naz was. No guy has it all no matter how much he princesses a girl, right? Yes, right. I was right * proud shoulder pat* All is good with the main characters until shit hits the fan.

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Dear Lord….I wasn´t prepared for this story at all. I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen. Something that would put me at ease or make me stop chewing my hair. The suspence was brutal! WHO THE HELL WAS NAZ and what was he going to do?

NOTE: the sex in this book isn´t over-the-top/out-of-this-earth, but it´s still good enough to need some cooling afterwards ( just giving you all a heads up). Decent sex…just decent sex. Ok. Telling myself the sex in this book was decent won´t make it decent. It was far from decent. It was sexy. DUDE! Find me a Naz!

This book will shock a reader in the best way ever!

Warning: Book-hangover will happen.

Double Warning: Nasty cliffhanger ( I absolutely hate cliffhangers)

Told from the Heroine´s POV.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants something dark, mysterious and angsty!

The Cover- 3 stars ( Yeah, it´s okay. Nothing fancy but still okay.)

The Story – 5 stars ( Heavens, this book is worthy of a re-read and a re-re-read )

The Characters – 5 stars ( Way cool. 100% loveable )

My emotional state after finishing this read: Spent. Drained. Exhausted… but I want more!

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I´m giving `Monster In His Eyes` ( Monster In His Eyes #1 ), by J.M. Darhower 5 out of 5 stars

To Purchase this book all you need to do is click here and start reading!

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Yours To Bare – Jessica Hawkins

Book Description

Finn
No matter how cruel it’s been in the past, I’ve never been able to flip fate the bird. I’m a romantic at heart. So when fate drops a leather-bound journal at my feet, I know I should walk away.

I don’t. I pick her up, bend her spine, spread her pages. From the first word, I’m a goner. The owner didn’t give me access to her most intimate desires, but I devour them anyway. Her private darkness, her candid, explicit poetry—it all goes down like warm milk. And from that point forward, I drink, eat, and sleep her.

Halston
I went to his apartment and let him take my picture. Just once, to see how it would feel. I’m not his to look at, to inspire, to touch, but when he watches me through his lens, it gives me a high I don’t want to come down from…

My journal is the one place I can be myself—as long as I can tie it up and put it away when I’m finished. But when Finn undoes the bow, he pulls strings that could unravel each of us.

My Thoughts

I´m not sure what has happened but Jessica Hawkins´ stories are not as powerful as they once were. Or, at least that´s the impression I have. 

`Yours To Bare` was an okay read. Nothing more. There were tids and bits I liked but other than that- the story felt less emotional, ALTHOUGH is was filled with all sorts of feelings. 

And that´s the problem. This author usually has the emotional part down and can make a readers stomache turn with her words. Where did the feels go? It´s not like the emotions were there and disappeared. They weren´t fully there to begin with. 

Also, Finn ( Hero ) wasn´t convincing enough for me. His character was introduced in `Slip Of The Tongue` and I actually enjoyed reading about him but in this one…. not so much. A shame, really. He comes across as a guy who falls in love hard way to fast ( which he does ). Even if it´s explained why he´s the way he is I think his story wasn´t necessary. 

As for Halston ( Heroine)- She seemed divorced from reality. I could not relate to her nor could I sympathize with her.

All in all not a bad read. A reader can get by easily and even enjoy the story. It just didn´t do anything for me. I would recommend `Yours To Bare`. I wouldn´t re-read it, though. 

The Cover – 5 stars ( As always, outstanding image and colors)

The Story – 3 stars ( Not a bad idea but I would have liked for less B/W storytelling )

The Characters – 2 stars ( Not relatable. I couldn´t even build a connection on any level with them)

My emotional state after finishing this read Indifferent

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I´m giving `Yours To Bare` by Jessica Hawkins, 3 out of 5 generous stars.

To purchase this book all you need to do is click here and begin to read.

Have fun! xx

Mechanic – Alexa Riley

Book Description

Everything was fine until that innocent little rich girl walked into my garage. Since the second I laid my eyes on her, all I’ve wanted to do is get my dirty hands on her pure body. 

There’s one minor obstacle standing in my way, but I’ve got a plan. All I’ve got to do is claim her, and she’ll be mine forever. 
 

My Thoughts

NOTE I purchased this book solely based on a recommendation. I didn´t read a blurb, excerpt or anything of the sort. All I was told was, „ You have got to read this! It´s hot“

And I did. Let´s just say I´m glad I have a different definition of hot than person who recommended the book to me.

I´m far from being prude. I´m actually the one person at a party talking openly and very loud about any sexual act without a second thought because- well, it´s apart of life. There´s nothing about sex that can shock me or make me run for the hills.

Much to my dismay- ` Mechanic ` by Alexa Riley was not my cup of tea.

One look at the cover and I was sold. When I started the story… not so much.

Now- after I´ve read the book and the book description ( including all the 5 star reviews this book has received so far ) I can´t say that it´s hot, at least not from my point of view.

The writing was good. Just the rest was questionable.

I´m not sure if it´s because I don´t find the dom/sub storyline interesting anymore or if the reason for my lack of interest comes from the totally smutty main characters- I really can´t say.

What I can say is that I found this short read less entertaining that I´d hoped it would be. I´d even go so far and say it was tacky.

Although `Mechanic` wasn´t for me I can see others liking this story. If you´re looking for an easy, quick read with smutty sex then you better get this one.

If you want a story with more depth and meaning, with sexy, uber sensual sex then you won´t find it in this book ( I couldn´t find it. Still can´t )

The Cover- 5 stars ( Way cool )

The Story – 2 stars ( As I´ve said before- The story wasn´t for me )

The Characters – 2 stars ( They could have been better.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Disappointed.

I´m giving ` Mechanic ` ( Breeding #2 ) by Alexa Riley 2 out of 5 stars.

If you decide to give this short story a try then all you need to do is click here and have a ball.