It has been a little while since we have had a chance to do our Bookgasms & Blueballs! We had been on a crazy good book reading spree, and then we started hitting a few walls. As you know we usually don’t put anything on the blog less than a 3 star HOWEVER we do put it in our Bookgasms & Blueballs, and it goes on Goodreads. We have a rule here that we if we aren’t loving, we don’t finish it. There is no reason for anyone to finish a book they can’t get into. It happens, it doesn’t mean the book is complete shit, it just means it wasn’t hitting you at the right spot. So here is our way of letting you know what we read and how we felt.
I have been doing a lot of blog work and working on a ton of other things so my reading list has been rather light and I also re-read a few books that I loved because I had two Blueballs in a week. I don’t know if it’s the change in the weather or what but it is taking me a long time to get through a book. Which sucks!!!
Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker – I really enjoyed this one.. I cried which is always a sign of a good book, it if can evict any sort of emotion for me whether it is anger, sadness or happiness then the author has done their job. K.A. Tucker made me FEEL and for that it was a great read!! It was a little predictable but it didn’t take away from the emotion.
Hers by Dawn Robertson – So I am so excited to write this review!! Seriously I read the synopsis and was like HOLY SHIT I have to read this.. It is crazy!! BDSM, has a ton of crazy sex scenes that I have never read in a book before so hats off for creativity. Seven is a bad ASS CHICK!!
Ugh so this was just frustrating for me…
Sweet by Erin McCarthy – I couldn’t really get into this book at all!! As I was reading I kept getting bored and distracted. I would stop reading, check Facebook, when I finally felt like it was going to move along I realized I was only at 50%.
So the storyline was great, bad boy meets preachers daughter who is not what you expect. She is sassy, smart mouthed and has attitude for miles. Jessica and Riley are those friends that kinda hate each other but have underlying sexual tension. Riley has a SHIT life. Jessica needs a place to stay for a week and she stays with him. At first it is a lot of back and forth. I can’t tell if Jessica is really just trying to rebel or what. Then they have these crazy weird fights and they are about whether they should date, be boyfriend and girlfriend, have sex. Again I just got bored.
When the story moves a long a little more and they kind of get their baggage in order it was just very anti climatic. The first time they have sex, very anti climatic, the ending of the story felt like they too were bored and just ended. I was seriously confused. No epilogue? No ANYTHING? Just ok we are done? So now I was upset that I pushed through a story, even when we usually say if at 20% we aren’t happy we finish, and that was the ending?? I just am surprised with the strange movement of the plot and then the ending. It isn’t a cliffhanger because each story is about another character and even if we get bits and pieces in the next one I still feel like there was SO MUCH lacking that could have been touched on. The build was much longer than it needed to be and the fun part of the story was only about 15% of the book.
So I didn’t LOATHE it to the point that I didn’t finish but I definitely didn’t love it. It was just OK.
1. Trying to add sex where it is just random and actually takes away from the story. Please stop this.
2. Rushing the ending. I don’t know WHERE in the rules to writing romance we got to this word count thing. It seems like every book lately the author was like SHIT I have to stop there are too many words or I need to make it a series. I personally like longer books, if I am paying $3.99 I am really ok with having a well developed plot and story vs. a choppy rushed ending. I know I am the queen of trilogies but they aren’t always necessary. The last 3 stand-alones I have read ALL HAVE RUSHED ENDINGS!
3. This is more along the line of something completely off topic but it has had me kinda miffed. If you don’t love cliffhangers that is FINE.. I know a lot of people don’t! I am not one of them, I love them. I love the angst the agony and the waiting. Here is the thing, if you don’t have patience then ok, but the author can’t just write 60k words in a day. Not if you want a 5 star quality book. I have seen a lot of people writing on authors walls complaining about the time they have to wait. I don’t know but when we were young we didn’t have ereaders, we waited. Author are moms, wives, sisters, daughters, PEOPLE they have LIVES… yes they write and yes you love their book but they have to live! So to my trilogy, cliffhanging, intense writing author friends… TAKE AS LONG AS YOU NEED!!! I am happy to wait for a kick ass freaking book rather than get a rushed story in a month or two… just keeping it real! xoxo
When It Rains by Lisa de Jong – This was probably one of the most emotional books that I have ever read! It was a touching story that had me crying big ole ugly tears….and I loved every minute of it!
I don’t have a particular book in mind this month (that’s always a good thing!) I do however have some pet peeves that have been in some of my recent reads. This is my version of Peter Griffin’s “What Grinds My Gears”
1) Too many characters in a story! I had a hard time keeping straight with who was who….it was just too much.
2) If you are going to put a text message in your book BOLD it or “QUOTE” it so that it stands out. Some books just have them in randomly and I had to re-read passages for them to make sense.
3) Repetitiveness – it’s called a thesaurus people.
Night Owl by M. Pierce (review to follow) – Probably my best read by far. HOLY HOTNESS!! Book boyfriend, maybe…Book Dom, Hells yeah!! Really eveybody needs to read the hotness of Matthew Sky. Loved the premise, and this story keeps your attention throughout. And way too much schmexy stuff. Probably the best schmexy in a while. And of course a bangin ending!! Oh did I mention the hot hot sex???
So like Amy, I am blessed to have read some great books in the last months. BUT, (and there is always a but) there are things that drive me bananas, one specific “Blue-ball” that must be spoken about.
And that is, giving me freaking Blueballs!!! Seriously, finish the damn scene. Get me all hot and bothered, all excited to read a great love scene, sex scene, foreplay scene, whatever you want to call it. And I hate hate hate when the writer decides it’s not important to finish. Finish it! How many more words would it be. Even if it’s fast, finish the damn scene. So let’s pretend this is “real time” and your making it with your man. And he says, “yeah baby I’m gonna make you come, lay down and spread those beautiful legs. ” then Boom….He gets up, and he’s asking you was that great baby?? HUH…Wait, did I imagine an orgasm? Am I watching that movie Fast Forward with Adam Sandler where you miss everything? NO!!! It never happened…OMG just write It in. Why are you skipping over it. Don’t set it up for the reader and then give me “Blue Balls”. It’s just not fair. “Blue balls” is not fun!! HOLLA!!