For What It's Worth

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It’s not you – It’s me Mini’s…Fringe Benefits, Changing His Game, Signal Boost

There were several books that I was really looking forward to but then didn’t quite work out for me. Bummer…

All of them are getting rave reviews on both Goodreads and Twitter so I’ll just do a quick run down of what I liked and didn’t like then you can decide.

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Source: The following books were provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review

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Fringe Benefits (The Ladies Who Lunch #4) by Sandy James~ Goodreads

When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Danielle Bradshaw deserves a happily ever after, and the Ladies Who Lunch are determined to deliver Mr. Right.

HOT FOR TEACHER

As the new head of the English department, Dani doesn’t have much time for anything but lesson planning and literature. Romance—or even sex? Forget about it. But then the principal introduces her to last-minute hire Nate Ryan. Finding time to mentor a new teacher won’t be easy, especially when his incredible body and equally disarming charisma are enough to make her heart skip a beat . . .
Nate may be fresh out of school, but he’s confident in his teaching skills—and in his feelings for Dani. But while she’s everything he’s ever wanted, he knows his place on her staff—and his age—may be problematic for his sexy boss. How can he convince her to ignore the gossip mill currently in full swing in the teacher’s lounge and surrender to what’s meant to be?

Quick thoughts: I loved the idea of this one but the execution let me down. Dani and Nate are adorable together but the story ends up relying on several tropes (like forced roomies, an evil ex)  that throw them together, break them apart and the age difference (the reason why I picked it up) is never truly that much of an issue. Add in really nosy friends – which I hate! this didn’t work for me.

If you like the older woman/younger guy dynamic (both were really sweet characters), a little light family melodrama and a close knit group of friends then this is for you.

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Changing His Game by Megan Erickson
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He controls the game, but she’s rewriting all the rules…

Marley Lake is no stranger to awkwardness, but getting caught watching a dirty GIF by the company’s hot new IT guy exceeds even her standards. That is, until she realizes he's as turned on by it as she is. But with a big promotion on the line, she refuses to let her current dry spell be her downfall. Maybe.


Austin Rivers has no business lusting after the irresistible editor of Gamers Magazine. He's a secret partner in the business—and technically Marley’s boss. One look at that GIF, though, and he’s ready to install a whole lot more than just software…as long as she never finds out who he really is.


But reality’s not as virtual as it seems, and when Austin’s identity jeopardizes Marley’s promotion, he has to change his game or risk losing the only woman with the cheat code to his heart.


Quick thoughts: I LOVE Megan Erickson and the humor she brings to all her stories. I loved the geek references and Marley was awesome but the romance (or I should say the dirty sex) went from zero to full speed in a nanosecond. It just felt weird/unprofessional to me to let an almost total stranger blind fold you in a closet at work. I would have loved a bit more build up because otherwise I liked Marley and Austin together.

But that’s just me – I’m not a fan of the BDSM-ish books or dirty talking heroes. I know - I know! What's wrong with me?? (I knew going in that it was going to be like this but I thought I would give it a try because of my love of this author) If you are then you’ll love this one. Changing His Game is a steamy, quick read with a dash of humor.

*Smexy Books really like this one so give her Top 10 Reasons to Read CHG a look

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Signal Boost (Off the Grid #2) by Alyssa Cole
Release Date: May 4. 2015

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When technology stopped working, the world as they knew it ended.

In a secluded cabin, John and his loved ones have survived. He should feel grateful. But his family is in his face 24/7, he has to watch his best friend, Arden, and brother, Gabriel, flaunt their love, and as a techie in a Luddite world he’s pretty much useless. The cabin is brimming with people, but he feels utterly alone.

Until he catches Mr. Tall, Blond and Gorgeous raiding their garden. Mykhail is an astrophysics student, he makes John’s gaydar ping like crazy and he thinks he knows what caused the devastation. He’s on a journey to his university to find answers, and John invites himself along. Partly to get out of the house, and partly because he can’t let Mykhail go without acting on the mutual attraction that’s so obvious even John’s mom is playing matchmaker.

The closer they get to campus, the more Mykhail lets down his walls. But with answers come secrets both devastating and deadly, and before they can save the world, they’ll have to save themselves.

My thoughts: I enjoyed this one a lot. The romance just didn't totally click.

I loved the diversity, world building and science more than the romance (which is really rare for me). It was fine but didn't wow me I guess. The story (especially the second half) would have benefited from a few chapters of Mykhail’s pov to flesh out the romance more. The story is told entirely from John’s pov. John is awesome but there were a lot of things that could have been explained better from Mykhail's perspective.

Signal Boost has great writing, humor, world building and characters. I especially loved the detailed science about the Pulse. The romance was fine but not as interesting to the apocalyptic backdrop and considering the romance overshadowed everything, that knocked things down some for me.

I really want to go back and read the first book in the series, Radio Silence. It sounds action packed and maybe darker.

16 comments:

  1. Aw that is a bummer, indeed. I LOVE that series by James and have that on my tbr pile. Hope your next read works out better for ya!

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  2. Thanks for sharing. I did really like Signal Boost, but I can see what you mean about the romance. I liked the characters though and the science was well done. :)

    -Lauren

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    1. I loved the science fiction aspect. The romance was fine but...generic?? I guess. I was more interested int he world building or Mykhail back at the school.

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  3. Blindfold games at work? I smell unemployment in the air

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    1. That's all I could think lol

      I'm too practical to read that stuff. *sigh*

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  4. Sorry to hear these didn't work for you but no book is for every reader

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  5. Signal Boost would have been the only one I would have gravitated toward anyway. Too bad the romance didn't work! Hopefully the next batch will all be winners. :)

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  6. Signal Boost does sound interesting, although it sucks the romance wasn't a hit in this case. Hope your next read is a hit for you. Thank you for sharing <3 Benish| Feminist Reflections

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    1. I liked the romance but it just overwhelmed the more interesting -to me- plot. I really want to read the first book though!

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  7. Sorry these did not work out well for you, Karen. I've had my eye on Changing His Game since Megan Erickson is a new author to me I thought I give her books a go. Hmmm, I'm going to keep this one in mind for a fast, sexy read. The 'zero to full speed in a nanosecon' kind! ; )

    Thanks for your honest and thoughtful reviews!!

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    1. I adore almost all of Megan's books so I would still highly recommend it to you. This particular one just wasn't for me.

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  8. LOL, what no naughty closet fun at work? Erickson's book is on my list but fantasy based for sure. i love the premise of Fringe Benefits what a bummer it feel apart. I don't mind tropes but give it a fresh twist.

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    1. I know - I should just let it go lol but I could only think of how unprofessional it was. And she was a woman working in a male dominated office who always worried about being seen as professional. It just felt off to me.

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  9. I don't mind the BDSM but, for some reason, the dirty talk make me flinch a bit. Boo to meh books but now the way is cleared for better ones!

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    1. It's not the BDSM really, so much as most of it feels thrown in now to be trendy. Dirty talk turns me off though.

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