ARC REVIEW: Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker a.k.a ‘surprise, surprise’

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Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2)
K.A. Tucker

 

Published March 3rd 2015 by Atria Books
NA/A > Romance | Suspense
384pages (paperback)
arc via publisher
 
 

 

4 ★★★★

 
 

 

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Luke Boone doesn’t know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he’s finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it’s not exactly legal, Luke’s never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.
Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she’s one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she’s just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast’s most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she’ll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.
As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she’ll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she’ll even want to.

 

REVIEW:

 

 

“It always ends with the same damning question: how could that ever work, with him being who he is and me being who I am?”

FYI, I hated the first book. I didn’t like it at all because I was bored the whole time. So that’s why I was having second thoughts whether I should give this a go or not. I really like the idea of the main character as an FBI agent. Bland characters was my main problem at the first book that’s why I was so glad that when I decided to give this a try, I got introduced to badass and funny and authentic characters.

Surprised is an understatement. I didn’t expect myself to be so invested to the story. I actually lost sleep over this!! And that, for me, is a sign of a good book. I have no idea why this worked for me but I’ll take a guess and say it’s because of the plot and the slow-burn romance.

I’m also a fan of Clara/Rain despite her faults. Some might say she’s dumb/stupid/no-brainer but I’d say that she’s just human who just fallen in love with a guy who can be the perfect guy for her if only the situation and the timing is right. Yes, I did like the romance but I still had some slight problems with it. First is the love interest. I didn’t see Luke as a swoony love interest at all. I was actually irritated by him at the first few chapters. He’s a stupid rich boy who got spoiled and doesn’t know how to survive without money.

But this is where the book became aces to me. The character development is superb. Seeing Luke standing up for himself and his girl and seeing him finally opening his eyes and senses about the whole illegal crap that his uncle is doing made me see him in a different light. Luke Boone suddenly became this alpha male that I want to hug and kiss all over. And for me, he has more attitude than Jesse (the guy from the first book) I was so hurt for Luke at the last few chapters when all the truth was laid out in front of him. Poor Luke baby.

Anyway, I didn’t say they’re perfect. Not at all. They had their fair share of dumb moments. Especially Rain. But what can I say? Love can make people do stupid things. I was frustrated and I was also feeling sad and hurt for Rain. I HONESTLY DON’T KNOW WHAT MY EMOTIONS WAS CALLED.

The plot was very impressive! Full of actions and shady people dealing with bad stuff and there are people that died! YES I LOVE IT!!! I was a bit pissed about the ending though. IT WAS SO RUSHED!! Why? Why cramp and do the whole wrapping-up-the-book in just 1 to 2 chapters only? NOT. COOL.

So, this is a lesson for me. Just because the first book of a series (which you can read as standalones) was bad, doesn’t mean the following up books would be the same. And one more thing that kept me going: K.A. TUCKER’S AWESOME WRITING. I’m such a FAN!

 

 

Paula

REVIEW: Confess by Colleen Hoover a.k.a ‘is that it?’

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Confess
Colleen Hoover
Published March 10th 2015 by Atria Books
NA/A > Contemporary | Art
320pages (paperback)
purchased

 

2★★

 

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.
Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.
The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Is that it?

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Is this book so so deep that I just didn’t get it? I’m serious though. I imagine the reviewers who gave this book a 5 star rating looking down at me. If that’s the case, I AM GENUINELY SORRY. Because I felt nothing towards this book. Its so far from AMAZING and EMOTIONAL.

Some books give you hope, some books makes you believe in fate, destiny, people-who-are-meant-to-be. Some books gives you happy tears or will make you ugly cry. And what does Confess even do? I DON’T KNOW. Maybe to convince you to hangout more at art exhibits bc hello CUTE BROODING GUYS. I swear, if it isn’t because of the art pieces, I feel like I was robbed. Like I was promised with something so amazing and special and all I got was… nothing. ITS JUST SO FREAKING SAD.

I have a lot of issues in this book that I don’t even know where to start.

– Owen is creepy and he doesn’t make any sense. What is it with this guy and WHY DOES HE WANTS THINGS MORE COMPLICATED!? This guy makes issues that is not even there. He’s keep secrets that are not even made to be kept. Like, DUDE, THAT’S NOT EVEN A BIG DEAL.STOP BEING SUCH A DRAMA QUEEN AND SAY IT. NO ONE’S GONNA DIE.

If it isn’t because of the timespans, I will not buy the romance at all. They fall inlove so fast its ridiculous. But anyway, I don’t want to dwell on that so much because falling in love is different with every people and some people really do fall in love that fast. I mentioned it because it bothered me that nothing about the pair felt real to me. I just rolled my eyes and yawned when they’re declaring love/likeness to each other.

– Auburn is likeable but nothing special. Hmm, I don’t have any problem with her. She actually think straight most of the time and she can be witty and admirable. But like I said, nothing special.

The mega secret that the blurb is talking about. Oh dear god I WANNA PUNCH SOMEONE when I read the last chapter because I can’t believe that was it. What the hell is that? Am I supposed to be amazed or cry because of that?

My first rating was 3stars but i just realized that 3stars means I LIKE IT SO MUCH and that’s just not what i feel towards Confess. So 2.5 it is.

I just feel sad and disappointed about everything. Unlike in Ugly Love where I want to hurt someone.

Now, maybe I’ll go and re-read SLAMMED because I need to be reminded of why I loved and adored CoHo in the first place.

*this is a rushed a review. Maybe I’ll add some more when I skimmed the book because I honestly forgot about some of the things that happened in here*

 

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Paula

REVIEW: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover a.k.a unpopular opinion here

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TITLE: Ugly Love
AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover
PUBLICATION: Published August 5th 2014 by Atria Books
GENRE: NA > Romance
PAGES: 320pages (Kindle Edition)S
OURCE: Own
RATING:  

 

2★★1/2 

 

AMAZON | B&N 
 
 
 

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When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.
 

 

REVIEW:

 

Ohhhh. How do I put my thoughts into words? Just to let you know, this review is from a hardcore fan of Hoover. Her books may not have 5stars from me, but she’s one of my auto-buy authors. I mean, obviously. There’s a lot of new releases yesterday and Ugly Love is the first one I dived into.

I’m going to make this review as clear as possible. God knows how muddled my mind is right now. So I’ll just break into Plot, Characters, her writing, etc etc

Writing. POV’s. As ever, Hoovers writing is beautiful. She has this lyrical way of writing that compels you to NOT stop reading. And even though Colleen is a writing goddess for me, I PERSONALLY think that she made a mistake here. Like, a huge mess mistake. MINI SPOILER AHEAD. ***SKIP THIS PART IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILES ABOUT THE POV’S*** Ugly Love is on Tate and Miles’ POV.  Tate on present day. And Miles’ six years ago. I  AM SO MAD ABOUT THIS. You see, I can’t properly have my Tate and Miles feels because EVERY TIME I read Miles’ POV she’s with this girl: Rachel.  His first love! And you guys, THEY ARE SO FREAKIN SWEET. Like, you might think that this book is about them, not Tate and Miles’. And this is why I’m so so mad, because while Rachel and Miles are making sweet dovey love to each other (in Miles’ POV) , Miles and Tate are f***ing (in Tate’s chapter) GUYS, IT IS SO FRUSTRATING.

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I mean, I am sorry. But even though those Rachel and Miles events took place six years ago, it’s kind of hard to not feel that as if Miles is cheating, or that he is screwing two girls at the same time. I don’t think you can actually feel me if you haven’t read the book. But guyssss

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I was so tempted to skip Miles’ POV but I CANNOT. Because I like torturing myself. Also, because I want to know him, what made him that way, what made him such a stupid tamer version of CHRISTIAN GREY. YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT. Which brings me to my point two.

CHARACTERS. Likeable but Stupid MC and Intense but Stupid Love interest.

Tate wasn’t annoying. At first. Like any Hoover heroine, I found myself liking Tate so hard. She’s just sooo… easy-going and a little funny also screwed up and did I already mention, stupid?

“I’m so screwed up. Everything he says should send me running, but instead, it makes me want to wrap my arms around him and give him whatever it is he’s willing to take from me.”

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Oh Tate, what is the matter with you. You’re young (23), you have a perfect career ahead of you (as an RN) and according to that guy who keeps flirting with you even though he already have a wife, you’re hot. So… WHYYYYY. ***MINI SPOILERS AGAIN*** There’s even this scene when they’re having S-E-X (sorry, there might be K-I-D-S) and Miles says another name. And you know what? She just said to ‘continue’

“I let him use me to get rid of his pain”

Seriously girl,

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Tate a.k.a taking masochism in a whole different level.

I don’t like her making Miles look like a god or a very perfect swoon worthy guy because HE IS NOT.

Miles. Look, I get it. He’s broken I mean, the guy haven’t even had  S-E-X for six years! Even kiss, na-da! That’s how broken he is. His past really was a little traumatic, but Miles was such a douchebag and cruel to Tate through out the book that when it finally revealed his hurtful past, I just… MEH.

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There’s no even tears. The title said Ugly Love, well you got that right! There is nothing beautiful about this book. Maybe the parts in Miles’ POV, but he’s not even spending those moments with Tate. Tate and Miles’ lovey dovey moments were in the last few pages. UGH. Here is the conversation they usually have:

Miles: I CANNOT LOVE U

Tate: It’s ok..

Miles: I just wanna have sex but i cannot luv u tho. u in??

Tate: sure

Miles: *having sex*  Oh, Racheeeeelll OH WAIT UHMM

Tate: just continue

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I give up, Tate. I give up.

Miles keeps saying that he is not capable of love or that he doesn’t want to love again or that it is just sex that he really just wants and Tate was oh so hurting, but she just keeps letting him

“Make me leave, he says, his voice pleading and warm against my throat. “You don’t need this…I just don’t know how to stop wanting you. Tell me to go, and I’ll go.” I don’t tell him to go. I shake my head. “I can’t.”

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I am so done.

PLOTLINE. What I love most about CoHo’s book are the depth in her stories. Well, I don’t know about this one. Whether we admit it or not, whe had this plotline before. In books, movies… Have you heard Friends With Benefits? The difference is that the guy in that movie is less douchey and ugh I cannot even think of more insulting word for Miles but I seriously want to insult him.

When I read the blurb, I thought that it’s about two people that will slowly fall in love to each other. I mean it happened before. The guy doesn’t want to commit but he falls in love with the girl anyway. ***MINI SPOILER AGAIN*** It is true, Miles fell in love with Tate eventually. And when I say ‘Eventually’ it means when he realized, Oh no wait, when he’s friend made him realize that Tate is more than just doormat. WHAT IS THAT STORY. I DO NOT KNOW. I’M TOO BUSY LOOKING AT COSMO FOR TIPS TO GIVE TO TATE ON HOW TO NOT BE A DOORMAT AND/OR A BOOTYCALL (there’s a lot btw)

ENDING. This is where my other star came from. Even though I didn’t shed any tear through out the book, I love how things ended. And a little relieved, actually. I want something that can salvage my love for CoHo. Oh and you guys!!!

COHO

PULLED

A MAFI..

YES.

It

is

true.

I do not know why she did this..

But she did..

Oh, she did..

 

I liked it a little though. It wasn’t that annoying and irritating . I just don’t see the point. Look, I still recommend this. Maybe it was a ‘it’s not you, it’s me case’. I really am curious about your response and reactions if ever you’ve read the book. 🙂

If anyone will be looking for me

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