It’s a mini towfer! One book I liked, but one book was … meh.
Author: Claire Contreras
Series: Hearts #1
Publication Date: January 20, 2015
He was my older brother's best friend.
He was never supposed to be mine.
I thought we would get it out of our system and move on.
One of us did.
One of us left.
Now he's back, looking at me like he wants to devour me. And all those feelings I'd turned into anger are brewing into something else, something that terrifies me.
He broke my heart last time.
This time he'll obliterate it.
I’ve been looking forward to going on the emotional roller coaster that I expected Kaleidoscope Hearts to be, so I had tissues and chocolate ready. Turns out I didn’t need either one. Now this was a good book with many touching moments, but it just wasn’t as emotional as I had anticipated.
I liked how this was told with Elle’s perspective in the present and Oliver’s in the past, then eventually converging. While this involved Elle moving on from her grief of losing her fiancé, it was also very sweet and funny. I really enjoyed Elle and Oliver’s second chance romance and the chemistry they had. Best of all, Oliver has a great sense of humor that Elle plays off really well.
My lips tip up, but I keep looking out the window. “I can’t imagine anybody would like your jokes.”
“Oh, but they do.”
“Oliver,” I say, turning to him with a long-suffering sigh. “I’m sorry to break it to you, but they’re just pretending.”
He scoffs, giving me a bewildered look. “Pretending? Okay, I get it. You just haven’t heard my latest.”
Kaleidoscope Hearts is a quick, enjoyable read. Even though it didn’t crush my emotions, it did provide plenty of feels. I look forward to reading the next book.
Author: Helena Hunting
Series: Pucked #1
Publication Date: May 3, 2015
With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.
Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.
In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult not to like.
The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.
Sooo … I should have liked Pucked more than I did, but it fell a bit flat for me. I enjoy the heroine’s humor at times, but it got tiring after a while. Believe me, I often say inappropriate and immature things joking around, so that isn’t the issue. She was just too much. It was also so annoying how immature she was whenever any little thing happened, and the hypocrisy gave me a headache. She overreacted and pulled the same stunt three times, just cutting the hero off and ignoring him when it wasn’t even warranted. Girl needed to buck the hell up.
I mean, there’s part of me that liked it, but it got old pretty fast. Not sure if I will continue with the series.