For What It's Worth

Monday, October 17, 2016

review: no holding back (Dodge Cove #2) by Kate evangelista

27414412A romantic European vacation is the perfect excuse to let go in this highly anticipated sequel to No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista.

Everyone knows that Nathan is in love with his best friend, Preston…Everyone except Preston. Nathan has always accepted that Preston was too focused on his swim training to worry about love. But Preston is heading off to train for the Olympics soon, so if Nathan wants his chance at love, he has to speak up now. But saying “I love you” is surprisingly difficult, even for someone as confident as Nathan. Maybe a whirlwind vacation in Europe could help? But… what if it doesn’t work out and he loses the best friend he’s ever had? ~

Source: arc provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review


BFF’s to more – European vacation…No holding Back checks all the cute romance boxes and yet I was totally let down by this one.

Nathan is in love with his best friend Preston but is too afraid to admit it, in fear of losing their friendship. Preston is completely absorbed with swimming and his dreams of going to the Olympics. While Preston is anxiously waiting to find out if he’s made it into an elite swim camp, Nathan whisks him away on a European vacation so he can’t obsess about it.

For the most part, I never felt Nathan and Preston’s chemistry – as either best friends or more. There are cute moments between the two and they obviously have relied on each other throughout life but they’re both so caught up in other drama – Nathan’s big break as a party planner and Preston’s obsession over his swimming – that they’re mostly in their own heads throughout the book. We don't get to see it. When they do communicate it’s mostly fighting.

Nathan hopes this trip is just the thing to push him to declare his love while Preston is completely clueless and keeps inadvertently hurting Nathan’s feelings. When Preston finally gets a clue the story rushes to a quick, sappy end. I’m not totally against sappy endings or grand gestures but it was all fluff and little substance.

I probably could have dealt with most of that if it wasn’t for one other thing. This is book #2 in the Dodge Cove series. I haven’t read book one, No Love Allowed, and there is so much carry over from that book that I was lost. I got that there was the previous couple but it was also setting up the next couple and apparently there was some drama in book #1 and tensions are still running high between several characters and I didn’t get it at all.

If you read and enjoyed the first book then I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one but I felt pretty detached to everyone. And apparently they’re all rich 18 year old's that can snap their fingers and get a private jet at a moments notice? I seriously had no clue what was going on here and I can’t say that I care enough to go back and read book #1 to find out.

Sorry to say this was a dud for me.

Friday, October 14, 2016

october tbr–aka: wishful thinking


I have read exactly ONE book so far this month so that pile right there just isn’t going to happen for October. But I did want to highlight all the new releases.

IMG_20161006_230015My little Beau has been battling kidney disease (and a few other things that make it more complicated) for the past year and half and he’s really taken a downturn the past few weeks. I’ve been spending a lot of the time in the ER with him and just not sleeping in general - worrying about him, checking on (annoying him lol) so reading has not been on my things to do list. Even if it’s something that usually helps me.

So anyway send good vibes to this little guy please.

On the fun side of things, Fonzi has started herding. He’s not really sure about the sheep but he thinks ducks and chickens are a lot of fun to chase lol

Here’s a pic of him snoozing with dad on the way to his lesson and then outside the farm. I need to get some herding pics once he figures out what he’s doing.


I’m on Instagram if wish to see more sheltie/Figment/food/book pics

How is everyone else’s October going so far? Any book recommendations? Maybe something light or a novella that’s quick to read.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

review: jaded, bearded, wolfish: a halloween romance (Crazy,sexy, ghoulish #3) by G.G. andrews

31816010Zach wants nothing to do with girls.

It's what happens when you've been unlucky in love.

But the Haunted Shack's werewolf is in for a surprise when he finds out his new furry co-worker is female.

And pretty.

And perky.

Good thing she only dates hipsters.

Too bad he's starting to need her more than he'd like to admit.
Jaded, Bearded, Wolfish is the third novella in the Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish series, but can be read as a standalone story.

Source: e-arc provided in exchange for an honest review


I really enjoy Andrew’s books, particularly this series, with it's fun Halloween theme. They're light, humorous and a little sexy (medium heat level). I can always count on her for a quick pick-me-up read.

I love this series Haunted Shack setting. In Jaded, Bearded, Wolfish,  Zach and Sam both play werewolves, scaring the bejeebus out of visitors. Sam's bubbly personality vs Zach's ultra jaded one after his fiance cheated on him with his cousin was an interesting dynamic Dude has NEVER even seen and doesn't believe in rainbows!

I have to admit that this one wasn't my absolute favorite of the series, mainly because the couple didn't completely wow me (or spend as much time actually together as I would have liked) but I did enjoy both characters and going back to this world and look forward to Vin's story coming up next!

Series order: (Books 1&2 need to be read in order – same couple, but book #3 can be read as stand alones)

Crazy, Sexy Ghoulish, book #1 Goodreads |Free on Kindle
Scary, Lovesick, Foolish, book #2 – Goodreads | Amazon
Jaded, Bearded, Wolfish, book #3 – Goodreads | Amazon