Playing Games

Katy Short was only at the audition to help her brother but she will quickly be paired up with her brother for the reality tv show that was a race. Katy will be happy with the money that came with the show but things will get out of hand especially when her partner changes from brother to rock star.

Playing Games is the second book to the series Games by Jessica Clare. This series is clearly inspired by classical reality tv shows that are still very popular. This one was very much based on the Amazing Race and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a great follow up to the series.

Katy was a fantastic character. She was very genuine and I liked that as the race started she got that competitive edge. I also liked that she found something real in a reality tv show. The romance reader in me was cheering for Katy and Liam and hoping that they would find a happy ending. Liam’s character was a rock star that just wanted to write music. He was stuck on this show but he will be surprised by Katy and surprised that he found a connection with her.

The one thing that drove me was crazy was Brodie, Katy’s older brother. He pretty much betrayed his sister at every turn. Yet she tried to help her brother. If Brodie is in another story within the series I hope he isn’t such a villain, but more than likely he would be.

I am reading Ice Games next.

Dare to Rock

Dare to RockGrey Kingston had wanted fame and fortune and he got that but now he wanted more. He wanted the girl he had left behind. Grey knew that he had to prove to Avery that they could make it which was hard when his manager and a stalker were making trouble for them.

Avery Dare had loved Grey since high school but knew that she never wanted his lifestyle. With Grey back she has hope but she will be hesitant to trust him. Though Avery will have more to deal with especially when reporters are bringing up her father’s past.

Dare to Rock is the fifth book to Dare to Love series by Carly Phillips. I really loved this book.

Avery’s character was fantastic. She is a bubbly and confident woman when she does her job but on the inside she is still scared and a girl who has panic attacks. I thought how her attacks started was so sad and I hated that it was coming back because of the reporters. Though Avery is strong and she will get through the trouble. Grey’s character was not the cliche rocker which I liked. He cared about his work and wanted what was best for his band mates. I liked that Grey had to work hard to win back Avery.

The problem that occurs are the threats that Avery receives because of some crazy fan of Grey’s. The woman is psychotic and it shows in her behavior. I thought that James gives a good twist on how this woman was so successful with her threats.

Spoiler Alert: I have made mention that I really disliked the father and the way he doesn’t inquire about Avery especially when she is threatened really pissed me off. He tells her that he is annoyed that because of her antics his past is coming back out. Though Avery will finally get through to her father. She gives him a speech that I was hoping one of the kids would give, that let him know how hurtful he has been to them. From how the father was acting towards the end I think there is a chance he will be there for all of his kids.

I am taking a very quick break for the next book but will be back. I will also be reading about the New York Dare’s in the series NY Dare to Love.

Jane

JaneJane Moore is in dire need of a way to survive. She finds a job as a nanny for the famous Nico Rathburn and finds there is much more to this rock star. But there is also a mystery going on in Thornfield Park that could be threatening for Jane.

Jane was a book I picked up randomly a year ago that was free. It has been sitting on in my bookcase this entire time. I started to organize my books and came upon it thinking it was time to actually read the book.

I read the book easily in one sitting. I know the story of Jane Eyre well as I have read the book and of course seen the movies that have been made. The story is easy to follow and characters are memorable. There are the cliche stereotypes of the rock star image that Nico Rathburn does follow but it is well done. I like Jane who does play close to the original Jane’s character.

It is always interesting to read how authors take on retelling classic novels that have been around for years. Some go the modern way of storytelling or go a little paranormal. If they are done right they are fun to read and I think April Lindner does this modern retelling of Jane Eyre justice.

Fitzwilliam Darcy Rock Star

Fitzwilliam Darcy Rock StarSo now that I have had read Aton’s books I am going with the modern world of Austen, and found myself gravitating towards another book that certainly takes a new outlook of the classic story Pride and Prejudice in Fitzwilliam Darcy Rock Star.

Now most have heard of the famous Darcy and Elizabeth and immediately know they are from Pride and Prejudice. What you don’t think is rock star but Heather Lynn Rigaud did just that.

In a world of glitz and glamour of rock and roll there is another side away from the cameras where life is anything but easy. Slurry the band are a hit and looking for an opening act and find it with Long Born Suffering. Sparks will fly immediately as the bands come together but things will fall and come crashing down as secrets and betrayal come between them.

Fitzwilliam Darcy Rock Star is something I loved. I know it sounds a little silly but this was a fantastic remolding of the classic story in the very modern world. There is a playfulness that the author Heather Lynn Rigaud has when she writes the book and it goes deeper with feelings that are dynamic and follow to Austen’s original script. There are of course things changed and you can definitely hear Rigaud’s voice through the book.

I was reading this book at night and found that I had to stay until the very end as I new it would plague me to know what would happen. Of course reading the original story I knew what would happen but as Rigaud had changed some things it would be possible for a different outcome. Happily there was an ending that suited me to cheer. It picked me up after reading the book. Not that there was anything wrong in this book but there were a lot of ups and downs, and betrayals. There were also steamy, steamy scenes for all the characters. In this book the characters are not exactly as pure as Austen’s were.

The characters featured my favorites as the main ones who are Lizzy, Jane, Charlotte, Darcy, Charles and Richard. Rigaud blended the characteristics of these characters I loved and made them modern which pulled you into their rock and roll world. With each character the background is done well to have enough drama to make it difficult for any of them to have a perfect relationship, which of course makes this interesting to read. Darcy and Lizzy had to overcome understanding there were feeling involved but not to move too fast, at least on Lizzy’s side. Now even though my favorite couple of course would be Darcy and Lizzy I was hoping that everything would be okay with Richard and Charlotte. They were almost dangerous to each other that is until they understood what was between them and what they were afraid of. Jane and Charles were almost too perfect but there is a little rocky ground they will have to climb over. Of course when there is Darcy and Lizzy involved a happy ending as I said will happen. If it didn’t I swear I would have thrown the book across my bed.

Our story is not complete without the notorious villain of George Wickman. He is certainly more of a villain than in the original and Rigaud makes you want to hate him and you do very much. But there is justice in the world as George will be getting what is coming to him.

Now since I don’t think I am going to find another modern book of Pride and Prejudice like Fitzwilliam Darcy Rock Star I think I am going to switch it up a little and go paranormal.

Finding a Librarian

Since I love the library a book which has the word librarian in the title I had to try the book. Karina Bliss is a really fun storyteller. Reading the book, What the Librarian Did will keep you entertained and enchanted with the characters. And of course thrilled with the sexual tension which Rachel and Devin portray.

Rachel Robinson is a fantastic librarian and loves her work but there is something missing. But Rachel ignores the loneliness and throws herself into work until Devin Freedman comes her way.

Devin Freedman is out of his brothers band. After some many years on the road Devin is done and wants to get a job. He has to get back to school. Devin is surprised by the librarian as she instantly intrigues him but she is not his type. With a kid trying to be his friend Devin will find things he was missing and the librarian will be one of those things. But the librarian is hiding something and he is going to find out.

This was a quick romance tale which was fast and fun to read. Karina Bliss does storytelling very well. I liked that there were a few side stories which were being told so the reader became more invested in the story. You feel for each character and hope a positive outcome comes into the story.

As a quick fun novel readers will love to read Karina Bliss’s What the Librarian Did.