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Review: Dark Ascension (Generation V #4) by M.L. Brennan


Dark Ascension (Generation V #4) by M.L. Brennan


Dark Ascension by M.L. Brennan is the fourth book in the Generation V series. I loved reading the previous books in the series. Fortitude Scott is the youngest vampire of the Scott family, who rules all the paranormal creatures in the area. He is the most human like of all 3 vampire siblings of the Scott family. He is capable of empathy and compassion unlike his centuries-old vampire siblings, Prudence and Chivalry, who have a limited supply of humanity.

Now that Fort’s mother the great vampire Madeline is weakening and dying, Fort will have to figure out a way to get along with his siblings and transition into a full vampire. The whole paranormal community is also abuzz about the change that is to come once the old vampire ruler is dead.

This book was a bit low key compared to the first three books in the series, Fort had to settle some issues among the other paranormal creatures living in the city. The problem is that Fort, Chivalry and Prudence can’t seem to get along or agree on anything. Prudence is always up for the most violent approach, while Fort wants to settle everything the peaceful way.

The thing I love most about this book is how we see Fort grow into himself. He becomes a full vampire and still manages to hold on to his humanity. His relationship with were-fox Suzume is one of the best bestfriends to lovers relationships in YA/NA paranormal lit. I like how Suzume is always her foxy self, playing tricks here and there.

Overall, the this feels kind of like a long version of an epilogue where the characters find ways to settle and go on with their lives. It’s not like the usual episodic mystery novel that we’ve seen from previous books. It’s more like a feel-good episode of your favorite family show. Still, the world-building, humor and endearing characters are well worth the read. I look forward to future books in the series.

Rating: 3 Stars



Review: The Score (Off Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy


The Score by Elle Kennedy

Genre: Romance, New Adult


The Score by Elle Kennedy is a College Romance. It is the 3rd book in the author’s Off Campus series. Having enjoyed the other books in the series, I immediately pushed this up on my to-read list. Allie is Hannah’s (Book 1 heroine) best friend. They’re roommies. When Allie decides to break up with her long time boyfriend, she needs a hiding place so she can avoid the stalker ex-boyfriend. Hannah’s boyfriend, Garrett, who just so happens to be on a weekend vaca with Hannah, offers to let Allie stay in his room for the weekend. He gives his housemate, playboy extraordinaire, Dean, instructions NOT to hit on Allie. But of course, Dean does definitely hit on Allie, while she’s drunk and feeling vulnerable from the break up. Hot rebound sex ensues.

What starts from a one night stand escalates into a lust fest between the two main characters. Dean is a manwhore, and Allie is the shy type who has the golden vagina that will change his ways. I swear this book has so much sex scenes that I could probably label it as an almost-erotica. I liked the chemistry between the main characters.

The story is expertly done. Its’s not just all about the sex. We see a couple that starts from being just in lust, into being in love. Nevertheless, this book isn’t as memorable as the first book in the series, The Deal, which remains my favorite. (If you haven’t this series yet, the first book, The Deal is $0.99 on Kindle today.) The Score, won’t get you re-reading anytime soon. But it’s a quick, enjoyable read for Romance lovers who need an HEA fix.

Rating: 3 Stars

Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover


Genre: Romance, New Adult


At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.


Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover is quite the angsty read. After breaking up with her cheating boyfriend, Sydney finds herself attracted to Ridge, the guitar player whose music she loves. The problem is that Ridge has a girlfriend who he loves very much.

I can’t say much without giving the story away. This is the book you read when you trust Colleen Hoover. The story addresses so many things. Like how it is possible to fall in love with two different people, and how some actions have certain consequences. It’s very emotional, high drama, with some light humor sprinkled on top. I can see that it could make some other people cry, but not me. Angst junkies will love this book, plus it’s also one of the Top Romances of 2014.

Rating: 4 Stars

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Review: The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan

Genre: New Adult, Romance 


A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.

NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friend. That ends now.

Fi doesn’t know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he’s a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she’s left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.

Dex is looking for a forever girl, but they live vastly different lives in separate cities. Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he’s her forever man.

Game On


I really really loved the first book in this series, The Hook Up, so when I heard that there was a new book out, and people were raving about the 3rd book, and saying that they loved it even more than they loved the first book, I was really excited to get my hands on this one. My expectations were very high.

However, let me put it out that I read this book during one of my reading funks. It’s that time when avid readers like me, just don’t feel like reading anything at all. It’s like suddenly losing that crazy book appetite that I usually had, and given all the hype I thought that this was just the book to bring me out of my funk. Sadly, it didn’t resolve my book funk problems, I guess it was too much to ask, but I did enjoy the book.

Ethan Dexter, our NFL star, has always had a crush on his friend’s sister-in-law, Fiona MacKenzie. He’s always admired her from afar but has not made any move to show this. Years after college, Ethan and Fiona happened to be both visiting Ivy and Gray (Characters from Book 2) at the same time. They get re-acquainted with each other and this time, Ethan Dexter is making his move. What follows is a really hot courtship between the two.

Ethan was such a hunky dream-hero. He even gets adorable points for helping to take care of Gray and Ivy’s baby. Fiona, is still finding her way in the world. She is pressured by the successes of her family and wants to be known in her chosen field as well. I really like how Ethan wasn’t really Fiona’s typical type. Since it is a known fact that Ethan is a virgin, he’s the one who doesn’t want to have just a one-night stand. He wants to have a relationship and not just a casual fling. Fiona, is the one who is hesitant, given that they are both based in different places, with different jobs. When Ethan makes himself known to Fiona, his charming ways grow on her and they decide to take the leap.

Being based in different places, the new couple will have to struggle with maintaining a long distance relationship, while still living their chosen lifestyles. I liked how they seemed to understand each other and always make time for each other. There wasn’t any of those “You don’t have enough time me” fights or jealousy misunderstandings that are common in the long distance relationship trope. Here, we find a couple who is just really happy to have the time to see each other and make the most out of that time. Still, life throws some challenges in the way, and it was really nice to see this couple grow into their relationship and support each other all the way.

Definitely a must-read for fans of the series.

Rating: 3 stars

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