Monday, 31 March 2014

Review: Spin (Songs of Corruption, Book 1) by CD Reiss

As my Goodreads addiction continued to fuel and this blog happening, I signed up for Netgalley in the hopes of having access to ARCs (Advanced Reading Copy), or in other words, more books, pre-release or not, that I can read and review. I figure, the $0.99 or $3.99 here and there do pile up whether I admit it or not, so why not hope to get some complimentary copies here and there as well (apparently, I don't get enough freebies on Amazon, Kobo, etc, that I have to increase my options even more O.o). Hey, I think it's a win-win for all anyway. I get a complimentary copy and they get a review. Now whether the review is good or not, that's all part and parcel, right?...

RATING: 5 napkins

Mafia capo, Antonio Spinelli blew through my orderly life like a cyclone.

Gorgeous and passionate, with a breathtaking brutality, he put me under his spell the moment he touched me, drawing me into his underworld of risk, violence and betrayal.

And I found, just as this sophisticated savage didn't trust me, I didn't trust myself. Something happened to me. Some alchemy from the heat between us.

I discovered I was a savage, too.

*ARC provided by Fido Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for a review*

(Originally posted on Goodreads)

First off, I just wanna say again that I could not have squee'd any harder or longer when I got the email notification that I've been approved for an ARC by the publisher via Netgalley. It was my first approved one (and I'm not talking the 'read-now' option which is pretty much a blanket approval), and to also say that it's a book by one of my most fave authors, I don't know how much more special that could have been. Just saying... 

Secondly, I fell in love with CDR's writing from her SoS series, and to say that I'm a huge CDR fan is an understatement. So going into this one, I already know that I would love Theresa & Spin's story even before I read it. In other words, just letting you know that this review may be more biased than usual.

Just like Monica in the SoS series, here's another strong CDR h in Theresa. Quiet and understated her strength may be, it radiates in her thoughts and actions throughout the book IMO. Smart, passionate, has a good handle on her emotions, a good friend and sister.

And just like Jonathan in the SoS series who will always have one of the top spots in my book bf list, I realize I also have to make room for Spin now too*g* Spin is another CDR swoon-alicious H. Only this time, on the other side of the law, putting it mildly. Can't get any more bada$$ than that, right? He's ruthless and passionate at the same time, talk about an explosive combo! No emotional pansy there, that's for sure. 

At the risk of sounding repetitive, both H&h are equally strong in their own rights which makes for such an interesting dynamic, and layer that with their backgrounds that cannot be any more opposite; therefore, you get quite an engaging read. Add of course, the heat b/w the 2 is just palpable!!! Love the fierceness of their interaction. It's feisty and just oozes with passion... 

With CDR's writing, I always get the like feeling of being in a movie; like I'm right there next to the characters, seeing what they're seeing but with the added bonus of being in their heads as well... So if I were to describe this book like a movie, I'd say this one has action, drama, laughter, suspense and passion... (actually, I think I can pretty much say that with any of CDR's books, again, just saying...)

Cannot. Cannot. Wait. Long enough for the next one in this series!

~ Leftie

(PS. I also have a purchased copy, so call me crazy but that's how enamored I am of CDR's work)

Monday, 3 March 2014

What To Do, What To Do

Hi, Leftie here!

What with work, my ever-exploding To-Be-Read list of books, my own personal blog, and everything else in between, you'd think I have so much spare time that I continue to wonder in what direction I want to take this book blog. Noticed how I said "I"? Oh Rightie doesn't care, trust me. I suppose we both know who has more vested interest in this thing LOL...

I know, I know, all Rightie and I wanted to do, really, in the beginning, was write reviews on books that catch our attention. But the way I see it, if I'm the one here mostly (did you hear that, Rightie?), it just feels repetitive writing only reviews since almost always, they're reviews that I have written on my Goodreads page already (in case you haven't noticed yet, it's practically a cut and paste job). Now where would be the fun in that, eh?

If nothing else, I thought why can't it be like a blog version of Booklikes? Mind you, I'm still getting the hang of that site so not necessarily the best example...

Now, as far as how this blog will look as we move forward, I'm not quite fully sure yet. You may start seeing small changes here and there in time. Or not... We will see... Or should I say, I will see... hehe

(Surprise, Rightie! bwahaha)
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