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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.

Bender (The Core Four)

Bender (The Core Four) - Stacy Borel 3.5 stars
A New Adult novel with nothing "new" to provide.

When I say it has nothing new, I mean the book is trite.

Keegan, 20 years old, in college. She had a hard life growing up with a single Mother. She had to grow up even more when said Mother got herself pregnant. Keegan almost takes care of her sister Sarah (adorable BTW) like a Mom. She is tired of this life, she want’s her Mom to step up, mature and be there for her sister, in a way she wasn’t for her. She finally decides, after a very funny conversation with her best friend Macie, to look for a roommate so she could live her life, on her own. She finds a roommate alright, a tall, handsome, broody roommate.

Camden lives alone. He is looking for a roommate…Why? I have no clue whatsoever because the author failed to explain why he wanted someone to live with him in the first place. To share some expenses, maybe. The later comes to mind because he is requesting a lot less rent than others. He owns/manages a gym (yep, the guy is like the epitome of fit), he is broody, controlling, bossy, possessive, overbearing but also, protective and sweet when he wants to. He comes from a good and stable family and has 3 brothers (all hot, of course).

Did I say the book is trite..? so far the same formula right?
Cam meets Keegan and the first thing she hears him say is “the chubby one”. Keegan has self-esteem issues, she feels overweight (she is a size 10, which is not overweight in my book). She keeps comparing herself to her “perfect” friend.. As always, the heroine has a crazy-whorish-bubbly-daring-caring-pretty-hot best friend who keeps daring her to do things, to go the extra mile, etc. As always our heroine thinks shit of herself and keeps doubting her decisions and actions throughout the book. Is this trite enough?

I liked the beginning of the book, it looked promising even if clichéd but, I just couldn’t warm up enough to Keegan; she was sweet but very immature and impulsive. Camden had to put up with a lot of shit from her and if I would have been him, I would have dumped her ass. I really hate a TSTL heroine, especially when such girl overreacts, jumps to conclusions without getting facts, etc… it was just too much.

I also couldn’t get the controlling/kinky side of Cam.. I mean don’t get me wrong, it was hot and all that but.. where did it come from? I just couldn’t put two and two together. OH and BAD POINTS on safe sex… condoms missing from the first encounter to the last… not a word spoken about birth control and STD’s….I understand this is not mandatory in a book, but having read so many lately I know it is a recurrent theme and, us readers expect authors to address the issue on the books since they are “contemporary” and the positive guidance and responsibility should be mentioned….. at least to be safe and please all of us.

I also didn’t get the whole Macie and Dodger thing… you’ll see if you read the book… I just cannot fathom a girl getting angry with a guy she is starting to date seriously when he refuses to f**k her right away.. IT IS CALLED RESPECT and waiting should not be an issue, on the contrary it should be something to cherish from a partner… so points deducted Macie….

The story was “good enough” that picked my interest and I finished with a smile… it has a sweet undercurrent and the brothers are just adorable. I will read the next one, definitely; I am intrigued with the rest of the brothers….