Book Review: Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan
Series:
 Standalone
Published: January 25th 2014 by Self-pubslihed
Language: English
Print Length: 345 pages
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Target Reader: New Adult

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A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling book. Archer’s Voice is a full-length, standalone romance.

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

THIS IS A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY SAGITTARIUS. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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REVIEW BY ALEXA

“Only you, only ever you.”

Tak ada yang berusaha mengenal Archer Halle sebelumnya. Dalam keheningan hidupnya, tak ada satupun yang mendekat sampai Bree Prescott datang ke kotanya. Gadis ini menerobos pertahanan rumah dan hati Archer yang tertutup.

Untuk kebanyakan orang Archer adalah sosok anti sosial canggung, bertubuh kekar, dengan penampilan tak terurus, dan tak pernah bersuara. Tapi bagi Bree, Archer adalah pemuda yang datang berlari ke rumahnya dari jarak bermil-mil cuma untuk menenangkannya saat hujan petir, memperbaiki lantai tangganya secara diam-diam, mendengarkan semua cerita sehari-harinya dan membuatnya berhenti memikirkan semua hal buruk yang sudah terjadi dalam hidupnya. Mungkin gadis-gadis lain akan memilih pemuda seperti Travis yang anak penguasa kota, sheriff tampan, charming dan tidak susah untuk di cintai. Tapi Archer yang tak punya suara, sensitif, tulus dan tersisih membangkitkan sesuatu dalam diri Bree.

OMG.. I have so much love in my heart for this book. Buku ini bisa membunuhku dengan dosis melimpah adegan sederhana yang begitu menyentuh. Di tulis dengan narasi yang indah, dalam dual POV orang pertama buku ini mengangkat kisah hidup pemuda bisu dan gadis yang melarikan diri dari cobaan hidup. Alur cerita ini sedang dengan kadar angst yang pas. Para karakter sangat loveable dan konsisten sampai akhir. Konfliknya memang bukan tipe rollercoaster, tapi tetap bisa membuatmu baper. Endingnya juga khas buku roman biasa tapi pasti melelehkan hatimu sampai jadi kubangan di baskom.

Yang kusuka dari kisah ini, kita seperti di bawa melalui mata Bree untuk mengenal Archer lebih dalam. Aku suka karakter wanita yang satu ini. Dia begitu mandiri, kuat dan gigih mencoba mendekat, menyibak misteri kisah hidup tanpa suara pemuda itu, menyelami kekuatirannya, dan memahami kesendiriannya.

Aku suka bagaimana chemistry dan tensi seksual mereka terbangun perlahan dalam proses belajar memahami kepribadian masing-masing. Adegan steamy banyak dan mendetail tapi semua menyentuh dan tidak nyampah. Aku jatuh cinta pada pasangan ini dan bagaimana mereka berdua berjuang untuk jadi lebih baik bagi satu sama lain. Bree dan Archer membuatku percaya kembali pada cinta tanpa syarat.

“I didn’t know enough to dream you, Bree, but somehow you came true anyway. How did that happen? Who read my mind and know exactly what I wanted, even when I didn’t?”

Thank you Bree telah mengajarkanku tentang indahnya cara untuk mencintai dan menerima cinta dari seorang Archer.

OVERALL RATING

4.5stars

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Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Series: Standalone
Published: April 22nd 2014 by Broadway Books
Language: English
Print Length: 442 pages
Genres: Mystery, Contemporary, Fiction
Target Reader: Adult

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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

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Apa yang akan seorang pria hadapi saat dia merusak kebahagiaan seorang wanita sempurna? Histeria? Teror? Ancaman? Bukan itu yang di hadapi Nick. Dia adalah seorang mantan jurnalis tampan yang dalam kondisi paling terpuruk dalam hidupnya, mengambil jalan keliru dengan berselingkuh dari istrinya yang perfeksionis. Istrinya Amy, membalas perlakuan tak setia suaminya dengan hadiah perayaan ulang tahun perkawinan paling tak terlupakan. Ancaman hukuman mati!

Well ini adalah salah satu buku hebat dengan alur complicated yang sangat sulit di review tanpa spoiler. Tapi aku akan berusaha karena aku ingin kamu mengalami pengalaman yang sama denganku. Ketegangan dan rasa penasaran yang sama saat membalik halaman-halaman buku ini. Ini adalah salah satu buku yang membuatku terpukau pada narasi dan kekuatan dari sederhananya sebuah storyline yang di garap mendetail penuh intrik.

Mulai dari bagaimana Nick dan Amy membuka tiap lapisan perkembangan hubungan dan kehidupan susah senang mereka, bagaimana rollercoster emosi yang mereka hadapi. Semua dapat kita ikuti dari dual POV orang pertama secara bergantian. Sampai dengan bagaimana mereka saling adu strategi dan memanipulasi pasangannya dalam perang tanpa akhir dalam pernikahan mereka yang tampak sempurna. Alurnya yang maju mundur antara flashback dan masa kini memaksamu untuk berkonsentrasi penuh.

Buku ini jelas membuat perasaanku campur aduk. Jujur buku ini membuatku menyukai, kagum sekaligus benci pada kedua karakter utamanya. Ending yang tidak biasa tentu saja di luar dugaan. Tapi ini mungkin hal paling realistis yang coba di gambarkan penulis tentang pasangan sama kuat yang saling melengkapi, sempurna bagi satu sama lain.

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OVERALL RATING

5starshappyreading

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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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: Trust by Jana Aston

*** WARNING! This book is for ADULTS only or may be unsuitable for people under 21 years of age due to sexual content, graphic violence, and/or mature themes. Reader discretion is highly advised. If you are easily offended, then this book is not for you and please do not continue. ***


TRUST by Jana Aston

Series: Standalone
Published: November 8th 2016 by Rutherford Press
Language: English
Print Length: 193 pages
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Target Reader: Adult

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“Knock knock!”
“Um… Who’s there?”

Yeah. That was me, on my last date. Before you feel sorry for me
you should know that I was the one telling the jokes. Jokes as in
plural, because I didn’t stop with just one. Of course not.

Hi, I’m Chloe Scott. The most awkward single girl in the city.
But I’m going to get it together. I am.

I’m going to learn how to date like a grown up.
I’m going to have an orgasm not given to myself.
I’m going to fall in love and live happily ever after.

Right after I get out of this interrogation room.

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REVIEW BY ELLE

Jana Aston said this is the last book from WRONG series. I’m quite sad because it’s starting to get better. Everly’s friend, Chloe is the last person on this train who will meet her future someone. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it very much.

Chloe Scott must the most socially awkward person in the Philadelphia. She has numerous unsuccessful date journey. As a teacher for second grade, Chloe didn’t socialize much. Beside Everly, Sandra and Sophie are her friends. Misfortune from the last date, bring Chloe to the FBI agent, Boyd Gallagher whose apparently Sophie’s half-brother. From asking a favor to become his fake date? Why not, Chloe. This could be her dating lesson and she’s eager to learn from Boyd.

I think I’m 99% like Chloe. Awkward, but not adorkable. She is. When her anxiety came, she couldn’t stop talking, especially with her dry jokes. Ha ha ha… I also liked how pervert she is. I mean, she isn’t prude and open-minded with sexuality. Chloe is just a ordinary woman with cop fetish. She really loves crime TV series. And when she found Boyd, oh boy…

“We’re not doing anal,” I inform him. “Not with this,” I add,…
“Wait, was anal on the table?”
“I’m really curious about it,” I admit, “but not with that thing.” I nod at his monster dick.

Is Boyd too-good-to-be-true? Mostly yes. He seems suspicious at first when asked Sophie as his fake date. He’s a stranger to me even he’s close Sophie, I didn’t know much about him. But when Chloe is starting to ask about him, Boyd didn’t hesitant to answer. He’s very open person also cool as a cucumber. Maybe because he’s FBI agent? Even Boyd came from rich family, he isn’t a show-off. He works outside the family because he enjoy it. Another plus for him. There is no dirty laundry about him.

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I enjoyed their chemistry. Honestly, I’m envy them. Maybe Boyd is the only chance for Chloe to get a boyfriend. Their togetherness was delightful. I loved his sudden possessiveness; not as a control freak. It seems Chloe and Boyd is the least aggressive couple. When it came to sex, they’re really HOT. Complementing each other without over-the-top. They’re also like to do ‘sexy experiment’.

What am I doing when you’re thinking about me?”
“Anything. Everything. Sometimes you’re on your knees sucking me off. Sometimes you’re taking a shower while I watch.” Her chest rises. She likes that. “Sometimes I’m pulling your hair”—her eyes widen at that—“and sometimes you’re lying on my bed, asking me to come on your tits.”
“Would you do that?”…
“Do what?”
“Come on me.”
“Is that an invitation?”
“Yes.” She nods. “I want you to. I want to watch.”

The story was told from 2 POVs. I really adored both Chloe and Boyd. There is no drama. Just… let it flow. There is no pressure in their relationship. They’re very cool person. I know the sex came late, but I’m satisfied with the result. They’re need to develop feelings; not insta-everything. To make sure they’re really into each other. Overall, it was a great read and enjoyable until the end.

“Knock, knock.”
“Who’s there?”
“I love.”
“I love who?”
“I love you too.”
“It was pretty bad though.” His grip on me loosens. “Hold on while I text that to myself so I can remember it forever.”

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OVERALL RATING

4stars

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Book Review: Breathless Trilogy by Maya Banks

*** WARNING! This book is for ADULTS only or may be unsuitable for people under 21 years of age due to sexual content, graphic violence, and/or mature themes. Reader discretion is highly advised. If you are easily offended, then this book is not for you and please do not continue. ***

 
The series follows three billionaires—Gabe Hamilton, Jace Crestwell and Ash McIntyre—who are best friends and business partners. The men dominate both in the boardroom and in the bedroom. Each novel in the trilogy will explore the relationship of one of the men as he discovers the woman he will love.

Rush by Maya Banks

Series: Breathless #1
Published: February 5th 2013 by Berkley
Language: English
Print Length: 416 pages
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Target Reader: Adult

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Gabe, Jace, and Ash: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country. They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Gabe, it’s making one particular fantasy come true with a woman who was forbidden fruit. Now she’s ripe for the picking…

When Gabe Hamilton saw Mia Crestwell walk into the ballroom for his hotel’s grand opening, he knew he was going to hell for what he had planned. After all, Mia is his best friend’s little sister. Except she’s not so little anymore. And Gabe has waited a long time to act on his desires.

Gabe has starred in Mia’s fantasies more than once, ever since she was a teenager with a huge crush on her brother’s best friend. So what if Gabe’s fourteen years older? Mia knows he’s way out of her league, but her attraction has only grown stronger with time. She’s an adult now, and there’s no reason not to act on her most secret desires.

As Gabe pulls her into his provocative world, she realizes there’s a lot she doesn’t know about him or how exacting his demands can be. Their relationship is intense and obsessive, but as they cross the line from secret sexual odyssey to something deeper, their affair runs the risk of being exposed—and vulnerable to a betrayal far more intimate than either expected.

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REVIEW BY ELLE

Plus:
+ Great plot and fast paced.
+ INTENSE. SEXY. HOT.
+ Cheap thrills.

Minus:
– Mainstream hero.
– Too obedient submissive wannabe
– Failed to represent BDSM.

Overall: Maya Bank is still one of my recommendation for sexy erotica books. I’d love to recommend this for sexy billionaire fans but don’t expect much. 🙂

OVERALL RATING

3.5stars

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Fever by Maya Banks
Series: Breathless #2
Published: April 2nd 2013 by Berkley
Language: English
Print Length: 416 pages
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Target Reader: Adult

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Jace, Ash, and Gabe: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country. They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Jace, it’s a woman whose allure takes him completely by surprise…

Jace Crestwell, Ash McIntyre, and Gabe Hamilton have been best friends and successful business partners for years. They’re powerful, they’re imposing, they’re irresistibly sexy, and Jace and Ash share everything—including their women.

When they meet Bethany, Jace begins to feel things he’s never experienced before: jealousy, and a powerful obsession that threatens him, overwhelms him—and excites him beyond control.

Jace isn’t sharing Bethany—with anyone. He’s determined to be the only man in her life, and it’s jeopardizing a lifelong friendship with Ash. Bethany will be his and his alone. Even if it means turning his back on his best friend.

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Plus:
+ ???

Minus:
– NO TRUST (Emotionally abusive)
– Insta-love/lust
– Over posssive with jealousy
– Super stalker
– JASE IS SUPER CONTROL FREAK (Worse than G***)
– BETHANY FRUSTRATED ME in so many ways. Independent isn’t same with stupidity, woman!
– Slow dragging ass pace. It keeps moving in circles.

Overall: Such a disappointment. This book has power over me for my gloomy mood -_- so much negativity! 2 stars because I BARELY MADE IT ALIVE!

OVERALL RATING

2stars

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Burn by Maya Banks
Series: Breathless #3
Published: August 6th 2013 by Berkley
Language: English
Print Length: 353 pages
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Target Reader: Adult

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Ash, Jace, and Gabe: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country. They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Ash, it’s the woman who changes everything he’s ever known about dominance and desire…

When it comes to sex, Ash McIntyre has always explored his wilder side — extreme and uncompromising. He demands control. And he prefers women who want it like that. Even the women he’s shared with his best friend, Jace.

But Jace is involved with a woman he has no intention of sharing. And now even Gabe has settled into a relationship with a woman who gives him everything he needs, leaving Ash feeling restless and unfulfilled.

Then Ash meets Josie, who seems immune to his charms and his wealth. Intrigued, he begins a relentless pursuit, determined she won’t be the one who got away. He never imagined the one woman to tell him no would be the only woman who’d ever drive him to the edge of desire.

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REVIEW BY ELLE

Plus:
– Steamy.
– A little suspense in the final.
– Better than Gabe and Jase.
– Finally, it’s done!

Minus:
– Almost the same like Jase. Too Cinderella syndrome.
– Insta lust and love.
– Another failed BDSM.
– Too stalker-ish.
– Pussy-whipped hero :p

Overall: This is the last book from Breathless Trilogy. It didn’t leave me breathless but brainless. It was so dumb and empty. Finished with disappointment and surprised that I finished all the books. Once again, an okay read for Cinderella syndrome romance with steamy sex by powerful and not-really-dominant man.

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OVERALL RATING

3stars

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