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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.

Alpha

Alpha - Jasinda Wilder 3.5 Stars *sadly*

I have mixed feelings here…. Up until the 50% mark the book was going well… a bit cheesy on the dialogues but… doing well. Insanely tantalizing and hot!!! I was totally hooked and very interested to find more about both characters and….I ‘ll try to explain.

I don’t need to summarize the plot.. the blurb says it all. It’s an amazing blurb and the idea of the plotline is engaging. The problem here was execution. No one had to tell or warn me that I was delving into an erotica storyline. I already know and found out that Jasinda Wilder writes erotica and that these books are completely different from her NA books. I wasn’t expecting poignant and emotional. But, after the Stripped fiasco, I believed she would come up with something under the lines of Wounded, which was erotica with a deep connection and plot.

Alpha in some ways did not disappoint, the story is engaging and gets you hooked from the start; you want to keep reading so you can find out who’s the mystery man, why did he provide for her, etc. Things are revealed methodically, bit by bit, enticing the reader with smoldering, tender and opulent encounters. This man needed to earn Kylie’s trust, he kept his identity hidden from her, therefore she was blindfolded in the beginning, this.. made everything more stimulating. He was an interesting character, so intriguing that I wanted to learn everything about him and, sadly, this did not happen.You get glimpses of his past, of the way he makes his fortune and hints about why he is so reclusive and private.. to the point of mild-paranoia. I expected a darker side, an Alpha with some diverse proclivities.

Don’t get me wrong, he was dominant in the bedroom, super-hot, but, overall he was just a really nice guy, kind of one-dimensional and just too good to be true: Hot, insanely rich, attentive and respectful. The light development of his character did not fit the whole perspective…. I also know a lot of you are loving the book!!! And, there is much to love specially the sexiness and lots of nookie… my feeling about this…. It overshadowed the story.. too much sex and little plot, which I don’t mind in certain books; on this one I would’ve rather had plot.

The story revolves around a secret too, when Kyrie arrives He tells her that he has a secret that will change things and, He would tell her in due time. Yep…. Easy I knew the secret up front since it was just too damn obvious. Also, when she arrives, she learns he’s been watching her for a while and, the stories that are told around that… I don’t know, they somewhat felt forced and a little ridiculous…. Reading time was wasted talking about clothes, brands and long sexual encounters.

My ultimate book peeve evermore present: TIME. He tells her up front he wants her for a year and then poof, everything happens in the span of a week, (and if I am wrong correct me please) maybe a week and a half… I mean see this: she arrives one evening, they are introduced, they talk, they have dinner and poof First Kiss. They finish reading, Kylie retires to her “quarters” and at 2:00 am wakes up to get a beer… second encounter, and they go for a little petting. Breakfast, more petting. In the evening they go to dinner, opera.. heavy petting. He leaves 2 days for work, then returns for more heavy, heavy, heavy petting. One more day and they go sailing, dinner and… poof they have earth shattering amazing sex. They wake up, more sex… breakfast, they realize they are in love, then secret revealed… some drama and… that’s it…. You need to read for the ending ….

I can’t say how sorry I am, maybe I am just too demanding when it comes to authors I follow, but I just felt the book lacking, I wanted more, way more. It was such a promising plotline that I believe it would have been a lot better if it had gone to the dark romance edge adding some sweetness altogether, because it is a formula that also works.

I will not say I don’t recommend the book, you need to read it to judge, but this is my humble opinion and I was kind of disappointed for the last 50% of the book, so 4 stars for the first half, 2 for the last.