Book Review: Cinta Sang Malaikat by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Cinta Sang Malaikat by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Series: Standalone
Published: September 2013 by Dastan Books
Language: Terjemahan (Kiss an Angel – English)
Print Length: 549 pages
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
Target Reader: Adult

Setelah kematian ibunya, Daisy Devreaux dihadapkan pada setumpuk utang. Tanpa pendidikan dan keahlian untuk bertahan hidup, Daisy terpaksa meminta bantuan ayahnya. Akan tetapi, untuk mendapatkan uang yang dibutuhkannya ia harus memenuhi dua syarat: menikah dengan pria pilihan ayahnya dan tinggal bersama pria itu selama enam bulan.

Alex Markov memiliki alasan tersendiri dengan bersedia menikahi Daisy. Dan ia tidak berencana untuk berperan sebagai suami yang penuh cinta bagi Daisy yang manja. Sebaliknya, ia malah ingin membuat segalanya berjalan tidak mudah bagi Daisy dan mendesak wanita itu untuk segera mengakhiri pernikahan mereka.

Daisy tidak pernah menduga kalau Alex akan benar-benar membuat hidupnya sengsara. Namun, sedikit demi sedikit ia berhasil mendapatkan simpati Alex yang tanpa sadar sangat ia inginkan. Dan Alex mendapati bahwa istrinya yang manja dan tidak bisa diatur ternyata merupakan wanita yang tangguh, cerdas, dan penuh cinta. Mampukah Daisy mempertahankan pernikahannya dan meraih cinta yang ia dambakan dari suaminya? Akankah Alex tetap mempertahankan harga dirinya dan melepaskan wanita yang telah mengisi ruang kosong dalam hatinya?

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REVIEW BY ALEXA

Ini adalah buku pertama yang kubaca dari Susan Elizabeth Phillips dan membuatku menyesal karena tidak mencobanya bertahun-tahun lalu. Di saat jenuh membaca genre CR, buku ini bak suntikan segar. Tema yang diangkat sebenarnya sangat pasaran, kawin paksa karena perjodohan dengan pria yang dingin dan tak punya hati. Tapi SEP memberikan beberapa sentuhan pribadi yang membuat tema sejuta umat ini menjadi hal yang sangat menarik. Storyline ini sederhana tapi di penuhi dengan adegan unik yang akan membuat perasaanmu jungkir balik.

Hal utama yang aku suka dari buku ini adalah Daisy si heroine. Dia benar-benar berkembang dari zero menjadi something special. Karakternya tidak selembek yang aku dan Alex duga di awal buku. Dia tipe heroine berlian yang bertambah kuat saat dipojokkan dan terus di tekan. Konflik membuat Daisy bersinar makin cemerlang dan tampil mengejutkan. Gadis ini seperti membalik dan menampar semua dugaan awalku tentang dirinya dengan pembuktian diri tanpa henti. Karakternya sangat konsisten sampai akhir. Dia mengalau dengan wajar dan kegigihannya untuk mempertahankan sumpah perkawinan sangat menggemaskan. Caranya untuk memperbaiki diri sekaligus menyentuh kehidupan di sekelilingnya membuatku ingin menjadi cheerleader pribadi gadis ini.

Alex mungkin hero tipe landak yang susah untuk di cintai. Mulut setajam silet, sikap judes yang selalu meremehkan dan jangan lupakan hati yang sedingin Princess Elsa Frozen. Siapa yang sangka dia menyimpan sisi rapuh dan kekasih yang imajinatif di balik cangkang harga dirinya yang super menyebalkan. Interaksi mereka membuatku ngikik dan baper di saat bersamaan.

Tarik ulur mereka sangat menguras emosi. 50-100 halaman terakhir adalah adegan favoritku, karena tidak ada yang serba instan di sini. Pasangan ini jelas meraih setiap langkah hubungan mereka dengan perjuangan. Selain unsur magical kemampuan Daisy untuk memahami para binatang yang agak aneh kisah ini benar-benar indah dan wajib di baca semua pencinta genre CR.

OVERALL RATING

5stars

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Book Review: The Randy Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn

The Randy Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: April 12th 2016 by Hot-Lanta Publishing, LLC
Language: English
Print Length: 334 pages
Genres:  Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
Target Reader: New Adult

Ebook: Amazon US • B&N • Kobo • iBooks

It finally happened, I lost my virginity. Cue applause and cheers.

For a while life was all rainbows and kittens prancing in a sky full of cotton candy clouds…that was until the demands of the real world set in.

My best friend is getting married and she asked me to be her maid of honor. She’s not worried about flowers, or the dress, or the food at the venue. No, she’s worried about the bachelorette party, what kind of penis crown she will wear, and the nipple size of the stripper who will be attending.

I’m in way over my head trying to balance life with a boyfriend, planning a penis party, and writing my romance novel. Something is bound to give.

This is my life after my happily ever after…

*** Warning: The Randy Romance Novelist is over the top, ridiculous, and is meant to make you burst out in laughter. Question the sanity of this author, and welcome over-dramatized comedy into your life. Please proceed if you would like to read about absurd tomfoolery type events, be exposed to the book world and other authors, as well as see that even in the midst of a comical combustion of nonsensical craziness (and naïve characters) love will always prevail. ***


REVIEW BY ELLE

** Minor Opinion Alert **

In the previous book, Rosie was a virgin who is living with her two best friends. Henry is one of them and he hide his feeling from Rosie. And Rose is just too superficial that didn’t pick up the signal. Lack of experience and seeing how man-whore Henry is the reason she didn’t take Henry for serious. In the end, they managed to talk their feelings out and pronounce in love with each other.

Ugh sorry for the stars. This is really hard for me but I can’t lie about it, eh. I was really looking forward for the continuation but sadly it didn’t work for me. Too many complication that didn’t match my expectation. So here’s my rants:

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Told from dual POV from Rosie and Henry, this should be interesting. Now, Rosie and Henry are living together and they have a lot of sex. From virgin to randy <- based on the title. I didn’t protest about how much they’re having sex experiment. It was still entertaining. What is lacked from them is chemistry. Sex is fun, but without connection it feels so blahhh.

but I wasn’t lying when I said Henry had a fantastic appendage.
Girth. Check!
Length. Check!
Hair. None!
Balls. Wrinkly and weird, but let’s be honest, they’re coin purses full of milky babies. Can’t really go right with those things.
Everything about Henry’s “junk” appealed to me.
“Are you reading or staring at my penis?”

They didn’t have enough bonding time. They’re so busy with their jobs and in the night, there is the sex. Henry was too ecstatic with his upcoming promotion and Rosie, oh well she’s busy with the cat she didn’t want. I though this story would be more focus on Rosie’s work as a novelist, instead I follow Henry’s work. I only get the vision of Rosie when she fight the cat or want to have sex. That’s all.

As a person, Rosie was too ‘nice’ and couldn’t say no. I know she’s having reluctance about the cat and Delaney’s (Her BFF) bachelor party but she’s just accept it all. Rosie didn’t have enough her own time and space. She’s so busy with useless stuff and forget herself. Rosie becomes unattractive for me. She’s become another person and I was missing her old-self. The quirky and fun. Not this miss-i-can-do-it-all. The worst is her words isn’t funny; more crude. She’s having bad temperament and keep ranting about sex and her vagina. Woman, go to doctor! I’m so done with her.

Another problem is Henry. He supposed to be honest with her. This is the first time they’re together as a lovers but they really have BAD COMMUNICATION. Henry becomes too soft around Rosie. He wish to be the best first boyfriend for her will backfire anytime. This woman needs firm control and she’s about to lose it. She needs attention because she’s not a pet when you could feed and leave. Why you have to stress yourself and didn’t share with your partner? Well, in this case his partner is kinda a wrecking ball. Not reliable at all.

I’m not bitter but this is a honesty from my view. I didn’t like the jokes or maybe I couldn’t understand. But she’s impolite and rude, sometimes. Again I didn’t really know much about pregnant woman and their hormones but in Rosie’s case it was really scary. Their jokes are really out of control or my comfort zone. Also the incident in the office part, that was really embarrassing in many levels. In the end, I didn’t enjoy this as much as the previous. So frustrating to deal with this immature couple.

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OVERALL RATING

2stars

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Book Review: The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn

The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: April 2nd 2015 by Hot-Lanta Publishing, LLC
Language: English
Print Length: 314 pages
Genres:  Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
Target Reader: New Adult

Ebook: Amazon US • B&N • Kobo • iBooks

**WARNING: THE VIRGIN ROMANCE NOVELIST IS A STANDALONE ROMANTIC COMEDY THAT WILL CAUSE YOU TO LAUGH LIKE A HYENA IN PUBLIC. READ IN THE CONFINES OF YOUR OWN HOME. IF YOU ARE ADDICTED TO CLIFFHANGERS, GETTING YOUR HEART RIPPED OUT OF YOUR CHEST AND FEELING LIKE A BULLDOZER JUST PLOWED THROUGH YOUR STOMACH, THEN THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU. IF YOU LIKE PEEING YOUR PANTS AND CRYING FROM LAUGHING SO HARD, THEN PLEASE CONTINUE READING.***

Her bosom heaved at an alarming rate as his rough hand found its way down to her soft, yet wiry briar patch…

Can you say briar patch in a romance novel? What about meat sword? That’s what it is…a meat sword, right, all meaty and sword like, slaying through the inner dungeons of a woman’s dark desires. What about breasts? Do bosoms really heave?

God, I have no idea what happens when private parts touch.

I’m a virgin trying to write a romance novel and can’t seem to write past a sex scene thanks to my lack of experience.

My two best friends encourage me to drop the pen for a while and gain some real life practice through multiple dating facets such as blind dates, online profiles, and random hookups.

But losing my virginity is proving to be tougher than expected…


REVIEW BY ELLE

Love isn’t easy and love isn’t kind; love is something you sacrifice everything for in the hopes that maybe, just maybe, there is a person in this world who will accept you for who you are.

After some depressing book, I need a happy read! My first read from Meghan Quinn and I was hooked. The Virgin Romance Novelist has really great and sarcastic humor that right up in my alley. The first page really made me LOL in the middle of the night. Like… R u kidding me? :))

Writing a romance novel shouldn’t be that hard, right? But for Rosie, it is. The thing is Rosie still a virgin and inexperienced with love. Her best friends, Delaney and Henry really support her. Not only in writing romance also lose her virginity. It’s not an easy road for Rosie who came from sheltered family and has insecurity with herself. With her friend’s help, everything seems possible.

Rosie oh Rosie… how innocent are u? OMG this girl is so hilarious, kinda awkward and ancient. Wait.. ancient? Yeah, just look at her writing! I would never ever do that even I’m a virgin. But that’s what makes Rosie is different. She could be slow-witted. And her curses… Oh lawd! Gurlll, you have lousy mouth. Rosie definitely a very rare woman.

Her road to lose virginity isn’t easy. But surprising for me with how many men came into her very quickly. I mean, she could have a date or two in a week. It was really weird to see her life before. Maybe Rosie has some hidden pheromone? But lesson learned in here. Ms. Quinn show us that men comes with all type and weirdness. In this case, Rosie has very unlucky encounter with this men. Of course, Rosie’s doesn’t search for the ONE but she could be really blind. And me either.

I found the most hilarious man she ever met! Laugh so hard :))) Also the perfect gif. Bwahaha… #SorryNotSorry

Holy crap! I wanted to say Yes, Sir, Mr. Grey, Sir and then bat my lashes like Anastasia, but decided to not role play, since I was pretty sure he wouldn’t like it.

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Even there are so much date in Rosie’s new life, Henry is the only one she couldn’t see straight. Yeah, she liked him. A lot since college but she keep him in friend-zone. I admit I didn’t catch the signal from Henry either. He’s such a man-whore, no wonder Rosie never realize he attracted to her. Well, both of them are kinda silly. They’re supposed to be mature enough for this shit. But, no. Henry was kinda an asshole with his jealousy; spatting bitter words towards Rosie. What a friend you are!! Man up dude!! Anyway, Rosie is Rosie. The dull and virgin woman who never experienced love has to faced Henry’s mixed signals.

Ugh, I was that girl. That girl who couldn’t make up her damn mind. That girl in a novel that I wanted to shake uncontrollably, slap some sense into her.

Overall, The Virgin Romance Novelist definitely an entertaining read. I enjoyed Rosie’s road to lose her virginity. She’s amused me with her notes. She write almost everything in her sex diary. Friends-to-lovers isn’t really my fave but Rosie’s journey is hard to be missed.

“Welcome to the world of love, Rosie. It sucks, it’s nauseating at times, and nerve racking, but the reward is so worth it when you have someone by your side supporting you, loving you, and being your life support. There’s nothing like it.”

OVERALL RATING

3.5stars

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Book Review: The Big O (The Virgin Diaries) by H.J. Bellus

The Big O (The Virgin Diaries) by H.J. Bellus
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: March 15th 2016 by Self-published
Language: English
Print Length: 181 pages
Genres:  Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
Target Reader: New Adult

Ebook: Amazon US

A ROMANTIC COMEDY
Sense of humor required

The ocean…October, outdoors, orange… All O’s that sneaky damn letter.

I need the O. Crave the O, even dream about the bastard.

My name is Olivia and this is my virgin diary. Yep, at the ripe age of 24 I’m single and O-less. And to top it all off, with a shiny cherry, I’m a first grade teacher.

Not much hope meeting Prince Charming in my workplace.

I live with my hyper Yorkie and wild imagination. And I despise the letter O.

Follow Olivia Olander in her wild and hysterical journey as she hunts down the elusive O.

She may hate the obscure O now, but Officer Oren O’Brien hasn’t lit up her world.

Will Olivia ever learn to love the O or be cursed with its lingering presence the rest of her life?

Find out in the virgin diaries.


REVIEW BY ELLE

Not gonna lie, I’m quite struggling to finish this. The Big O didn’t really appeal to me. But I need some funny read about a desperate virgin girl. LOL! Yeah, Olivia is very desperate to let go her V-card. BUT she wanna do it with someone special 😉

Dear Diary,
Do you find it funny that my name is Olivia Olander and I live in Ontario, Oregon and teach school in room one and have never had an O?
Love, O

Yup! Her name is Olivia or what’s her friend called O. She has quite a dirty mouth. Not dirty like sexy kinda but really like to swear. She has dirty minds too when it’s involve with HOT dreamy guy. Yeah, seems kinda of my girl. I like her free mind and shameless. Even sometimes she can be naive. Olivia really believe in happily ever after and ride into the sunset. But after countless blind date, she finally give up to search her perfect guy.

“There’s times when you come across a person who fits the description perfectly and you have the worst time shaking it until you finally give in.”

Enter Oren O’Brien, a new police who recently moved in town. He’s became a ‘guest’ in the school where Olivia work. They have funny chemistry from very first time. Oren is oh-so-perfect kinda good guy. From helping her to asking her to date. He’s quite persistent and I liked it 😉

“Why do you hate the letter O?” He raises an eyebrow in my direction.
“Really Officer Oren O’Brien? I’m Olivia Olander who lives in Ontario, Oregon and who is O-less.”

Olivia and Oren are very easily likable. Olivia’s awkwardness and Oren’s sexy attitude. What’s not to love? Their chemistry is building up nice and slow. Their relationship is quite real with a lot of progress. They’re already set eyes on each other for the first time. BUT like every relationship, they need to face bumpy road ahead. Poor Oren has baggage on his own but he’s man enough to deal with it. Good job, sexy cop!

This didn’t work is Olivia’s friend, Scout. She’s kinda annoyed me. She has very foul mouth. I hardly like her. Well, I don’t mind sarcasm when in the right moment. Not every time. Before meet Oren, Olivia’s life kinda bored me. But… Hey, it’s the real life, right? Overall, The Big O is an easy and enjoyable read. Very entertaining.

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OVERALL RATING

3.5stars

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Book Review: Suite 269 by Christine Zolendz

Suite 269 by Christine Zolendz
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: October 2nd 2015 by Self-published
Language: English
Print Length: 246 pages
Genres:  Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit, Erotica
Target Reader: Adult

Ebook: Amazon US

Leave your inhibitions at the door and make your fantasies come true.

Three weeks.
No rules.
Any fantasy.
Anything goes.

Lexa Novak would like nothing better than to let go and finally experience it all, so when the opportunity arises to just do that, she can’t refuse—won’t refuse.
But what happens when your fantasies become your realities?
Find out when you enter Suite 269.


REVIEW BY ELLE

This is my first Christine Zolendz and kinda a good read. I didn’t expect Suite 269 would be light and kinda funny. I thought I will find gloomy and dark aura around it. That was my opinion because of the cover. LOL so don’t judge the book by it’s cover. So because some of my friends and my favorite bloggers reviewed this, I think I have to jump in, right?

Lexa Novak works as a fact checker at a (almost death)magazine corporation. Her future marriage has been ruined because her fiance cheated on her. Lexa is strong enough to moving on behind the sadness and disappointed on herself that cause her insecurity. Enter Jameson Holt who happen to be her boss. Apparently, the boss’s girl is the one who cheated on her ex-future husband. Their first time exchange stories made them close. Close enough to make both of them wants each other.

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So, what is suite 269? You should read it by yourself. Whoops! Not gonna spoil it. Their sexual tension is amazingly HOT. Their interaction is sizzling and ready to burn each other. I loved how they’re together. I’m not gonna complaint about it. James makes her like the only woman in the world. Like the most beautiful woman. How could I resist this?

BUT… there are some issues just didn’t work for me. Beside romantic relationship between Lexa and James, they’re disappoint me in the outside of it. After so much and long story about their working environment, the conclusion didn’t satisfy me enough. It was awkward and weird. Lexa isn’t strong enough to push herself and especially, James. She’s kinda weak in this aspect. I thought she’s gonna be kickass heroine with her brilliant work ethic. And James, he’s like a typical of male species. Handsome, alpha sexy male with good humor but it’s doesn’t enough for me. There is nothing special about him beside the appearance. Kinda okay guy.

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The story itself somehow predictable and mediocre. I enjoyed the text humor between Lexa and James. It’s cute and flirty. I have no doubt with their chemistry but for the end, it was too rushed. Lexa is too forgivable. Lack of development and no depth. Overall, Suite 269 is a quick read and enjoyable enough. I would love to recommend this for anyone who likes romantic comedy story. Very quick, light and entertaining.

OVERALL RATING

3.5stars

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