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TJlovestoread. Romance Reviews & More

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.

This Man (This Man, #1)

This Man (This Man, #1) - Jodi Ellen Malpas OK... I don't want to compare books, but after reading this it can't be helped.... this book is like a Bared to You, 50SoG mixup... with not so likable characters.....

Ava: Seriously.. Ava/Ana/Eva... can we just be more creative with names??? You know..like Melissa, Debra, Diane, Sandra, Aline.. jajaja millions to choose from... a 26 year old woman with the mind of 20 year old. Every single time she made a stupid choice during my read I wanted to materialize her in front of me so I could slap her and talk some sense into her. I got tired of her saying, "No", "I don't know" without explaining herself, without really talking things trough and asking normal questions.... and her ignoring the phone just made me want to kill her instead of just slapping her. But anyways the poor girl needs a break I get it and she is actually a good person. I don't hate her but she is not my favorite. And I am comparing, like Ana, she's 22 innocent, etc.. so I got her and even if sometimes I wanted to slap sense into her I understood where she was comming from and she actually was strong and she asked lots of questions and stood up for herself in a good way... Eva well she has issues, she never lied as to how she was so ... I don't want to slap her all the time even if she made bad decisions or kept running.. she had "valid" reasons..... BUT AVA...nope

Jessee: I liked the guy, the idea of him and the way he is.... but.. the author took it to borderline ridiculous.. I understand possessive, I understand paranoid, I understand fear of her leaving, I understand stalker-ish behaviour.. but what I don't understand is the lack of consideration towards Ava in soo many ways.. he won't talk about a lot of things, he just uses sex and manipulates her with that all the time. He acts like a child in so many ways.. BUT I got and understood why... everyone kept saying he was easy-going and laid-back.. but with her he wasn't.. ok the guy never, ever felt something like that for anyone before and he just didn't know how to act or handle it so he did it the wrong way.. and Ava, beign Ava well she didn't help at all either, she actually encouraged the behaviour by doing all things opposite... so balance was not something these could afford.

Also.... I do not buy for a minute that AVA is actually so stupid as to not "investigating" or not being able to find out first of all his age, second what he does for a living, third about The Manor.., fourth about the Penthouse.... I mean where's google? where's the information about the design firm clients?.. they really don't know anything about it? PLEASSSSEEEEE. She was fucking the guy relentessly... can't you find the time to sneak a peek on his fucking wallet to look at his driver's license...?

anyway.... I was so fed up by their drama and BS that I didn't go for the second book immediately.. I will read it out of curiosity and to see if the grow up and evolve and to se if the book gets better...

One thing I loved was the writing: British!!! I love that because it is a learning experience and knowing and understanding EVERYTHING, even the idioms and slangs and local words, makes me pround of ME ME ME