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There are many things we have in common, every day very real things like the fact we are wives, mothers, some of us have a job or several. We are friends who enjoy each other’s company while having coffee or playing cards. But what brought us together here is our passion for books, our weakness for hot alpha males and our love for a good story that we’ll take with us for a long, long time, especially when it makes us cry.

This blog was an inevitable, unavoidable, natural evolution to our book buddy friendship. We are still having hard time figure things out like what happens when we read the same book and have very distinct opinions about it (we’re just posting one review, first one who finishes has dibs). Our schedules are at ends and we do this because we need an outlet for our book infatuation, but it’s also done during our “free” time. So please bare with us and hopefully we’ll have a great blog for you to love to visit.

We’re Ceci, Dali and Ingri (sorry chickie, I needed to make that rhyme), and this is us.

Ceci (a.k.a. Ces BookGeek)

I am a hyperactive wife, mother, lawyer, teacher, daughter, sister and friend. My passion for reading started at an early age; it was fed by an unforgettable literature teacher in junior high and high school, and then it remained somewhat dormant during my new adult years (yeah!book lingo and all). Maybe having to read so much in law school made me lazy; I also got bored of all the “intellectual” books that were pushed down my throat by friends. Anyway, I grew up reading 80’s young adult novels like the Heartbreak Café and Sweet Valley High. Then one day, in my late twenties a book called Twilight was published, and just like that, my curiosity and my love for books was revived! Reading that book was a trigger and it helped me find great treasures and new friends.

My first reads were entirely based on Paranormal Romance, either YA or Adult. Of course, after finding the “adult” books, I now stay away from YA unless it is a recommendation from someone I know or, it’s a book with high ratings. Nowadays I read contemporary romance, new adult books, erotica with a plot and I’m still faithful to PNR.

What I don’t like in a book: Unnecessary drama. Stupid heroes/heroines who make harsh decisions without asking first. Porn on paper. Unbelievable insta-love (this always takes one star away from my ratings. I only believe in insta-love in paranormal or fantasy. Real life not so much, the author has to sell it really good for me to buy). Incessant self-loading and insecurities from a character. Horrible editing. Cliffhangers when the next book is going to take more than six months to come out (if that is the case, I wait for the whole series to be published). A book with no HEA (which never happens in romance so…. Any other genre I don’t mind). First person POV’s have to be real, if I am diving into the head of “regular” person, then such person should think like a real person; people don’t think in metaphors and analogies all the time, if writers want to be overly lyrical they should stay away from first person POV.

Aside from the above, I am very easy to please. I love alpha male heroes, but you can throw a sweet beta male my way and won’t complain. I love books that make you swoon and forget about real life drama and real life relationships (aka real men).  Moreover, if you want my heart forever, throw me a book with spy/assassins/conspiracy/action/forbidden romance. I will dive into it right away. Why? Well if you want to know, I am a hard-core fan of La Femme Nikita, for me there is no other couple that equals Michael Samuel and Nikita, even if they never got their real HEA; therefore I’m a sucker for these plots.

oh and did I mention I am a Video Game geek ohh yeaahh!! RPG’s rule

Dali (a.k.a. The Star Wars and Star Trek Geek)

A friend suggested that instead of using my name I should call myself something “mean and scary” like the book bitch. He’s obviously never read my reviews because if he had, he would know I’m fairly easy to please. As long as I get my happy ending and there are no incessant inner whiny monologues from ANY character and we can avoid the wishy-washy heroines and steer clear of dumb decision making, you know the kind where the worst assumptions are made, no one asks what really happened, no one considers intervening to clear up misunderstandings a causing the heroes endless pain, then I’m good.

Ok, so I may be a bit demanding, but I do try to be as honest with the books I read as possible. I love to include quotes to state my case and sometimes just because they’re so swoony they make my insides go all gooey.

I will also take advantage and push eco-friendly advice. Shhh, the gals don’t know about this yet, but I’ll try to sneak those in once in a while.

You can stalk me on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2209138-dali-from-tjlovestoread

REQUESTS

If you want to request reviews, we will gladly accept, we are not very picky.  Just abstain to request them if your book has more than two of our don’ts. We promise to be objective and to never, ever be mean or disrespect your work. If we don’t like your book for any reason we will, review and provide feedback for such reasons. If for any reason, it becomes a DNF we will not rate, because I truly believe that you cannot rate something you didn’t finish….

RATING SYSTEM

Same as GoodReads

SOME TERMINOLOGY

DNF = Did Not Finish

HEA = Happily Ever After (endings)

HFN = Happy For Now (endings)

POV = Point Of View

PNR = Paranormal Romance books

TBR = To Be Read

YA = Young Adult (books about 15 to 18 year olds, no explicit or descriptive sex scenes. Although some portray teen sexual activity)

NA = New Adult (Books about 18 to 25 year olds, usually in College. Books about your very firsts screw ups and achievements as an adult)

SOME EROTICA TERMINOLOGY

BDSM = an acronym used to describe a variety of kinky activities. BD stands for bondage & discipline. DS stands for dominance and submission and SM stands for sadism and masochism.

Dom = shortened version of the word Dominant

Domme = dominatrix or female dominant

Dominant = term for the person who takes control in BDSM play

Limits = these can be hard or soft. A hard limit is a sexual act that a player will absolutely not consider and a soft limit is something they may consider but are unsure of.

Masochism = deriving sexual pleasure from receiving pain

M/F = a male/female heterosexual pairing

PWP = Porn without plot

Safeword = very important in D/s play. A word the submissive can use to slow down or stop a scene if it is becoming too much for them. Can also be used by the top.

S/m = sadomasochism

Sub = shortened form of the word submissive

Submissive = the person giving up control to the dominant

Topping from the Bottom = an expression used to describe the practice of a sub attempting to control the dom and the scene.

Forbidden: The Soulkeepers

Forbidden - Lori Adams Received copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review :) and I am not waiting to post it... it's a must have!!

I love books with angels!! This book was no exception, minus a few hindrances.

The story begins with a 17-year-old girl: Sophie. She is moving (again) to a small town in Connecticut with her father who is a Pastor. Sophie lost her Mom and she has a feeling that her death was all wrong, that something else happened, therefore she’s immersed in a world of doubt. She is also experiencing weird feelings, visions, senses, etc. She cannot seem to get a grip and doesn’t understand what is happening around her. Hence the crazy feelings she perceives when she sees Michael for the first time. Michael is a Guardian and he is not supposed to feel drawn to a human, ever!

This book had so many layers, and so much explaining to do in order to build the world surrounding the story, that it felt slow during the first half. We had to go through different POV’s and first/third person narrative. All characters are well built and I really liked how they all acted their ages and spoke as teens. Sometimes YA books tend to have unrealistic dialogue, but Lori nailed it! The scenes between friends were funny, witty and I loved the banter between everyone.

Sophie was a strong character, I really liked her inner thoughts the good, the bad, the confusing and the hilarious remarks. Michael, well… what can I say, he was just adorable; he had this sultry broody self and this sweet soft side, which we eventually get to see. He struggles with the feelings since they are so wrong for him and his family.

Dante… I will not talk about Dante because I was also rooting for him in some parts, He was bad, but also dominated by obsession… and oh so sexy! I can’t say more because it will spoil the story.

There is one thing I have to say, and it will sound harsh, but maybe since the book is YA I totally get it, but either way I have to express it: There were many, many, clichés. I couldn’t stop scowling every time I found a heavy similarity to other books out there… you know those with bad boy angels and sparkly vamps. Let us say the… brothers that don’t date anyone, mysterious. The partnering in class to justify characters spending time together. The “stay away from me”, “your eyes are changing color” and after that the male lead storms off. Brothers telling he stay away from her, she’s bad for you, etc. I could go on… I know there has to be a way to set these things aside and find something a little more original and less clichéd.

Another thing I found both remarkable and over the top were descriptions. The writing style is superb, don’t get me wrong but, I felt there were too many descriptive comparisons throughout the book. Every time Sophie or the others were feeling something or describing things some comparison or metaphor is inserted and I don’t believe there are necessary all the time…. Just saying it all goes down to writing style. But first person POV's are supposed to be a dive-in the characters head and the mind isn't that lyrical.

Anyway.. Events unfold, some questions are answered with a creative twist; some things are still not revealed nonetheless, at least we don’t have a nerve racking I-want-to-stalk-the-author cliffhanger!
I strongly recommend this book if you are looking for a well-developed paranormal/romance YA read!– Can't wait for the next one!