Mini reviews

Smut by Karina Halle

29381926.jpgWhat happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

My review:

The number of books based on writers are huge, because us writers know our career and life the best. This too, revolves around two writers.

In the beginning, I felt it was a bit too clichéd with her hating the guy’s guts and him thinking she is stuck up. Later, though, I started to actually like the book when we delve into the characters more.

The plot shows one good thing: that writers shouldn’t be ashamed of what they write. Blake and Amanda think Erotica and Romance are basically BS but later they themselves start writing Erotica for money-wise reasons. By the end, they own up to it and aren’t ashamed of it. Seeing how popular they have become and how much they rake in now, their families soon accept them in the end.

Major points for: writing about creative freedom of writers.

Recommended for: the title says it. You want smut and love? This is your cup of tea.


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the roommate.jpgThe Roommate by Carla Krae

Jessica and Rosalind have had a BFF Chip since 7th grade–the ultimate best friend favor. At age 25, Ros calls in her chip. Her brother lands in an hour. And he needs a place to crash. For more than one night. No problem, right? It’s not Patrick’s fault his big sister forgot he was moving to L.A., so Jess picks him up at LAX, expecting the same slight and nerdy boy she last saw in high school.

Patrick’s still a nerd–coming for a new IT job–but he’s all grown up and more gorgeous than any best friend’s little brother has a right to be. Jess makes a concerted effort to see him as a friend, but it’s difficult when he walks around her apartment in only a towel. When Ros completely bails on them, Jess proposes pooling their money into a two-bedroom and officially becoming roommates. Patrick is polite, sweet, clean, and cooks. What could go wrong?

Jess could fall in love with him.

My review:

The story was really promising and I wanted to like it so much but I just didn’t. It was good enough for a small light read but I didn’t enjoy it that much. I could see that the author tried to bring in good comedy but it didn’t work out that well.

Sometimes the conversation between them was not required at all; I also didn’t like the way many conversations went. The BFF Ros is a bitch and though she’s a requirement in the story, I don’t understand why Jess stayed with her for so long. The main characters were just ok-ok.

I also didn’t understand the family dynamic of Patrick and Ros’s family. It simply doesn’t go right. I felt like a lot was off on the family relationships.

Brownie points for a couple things though:
-the guy is the geek and introvert
-the guy is a virgin and here the girl is pretty confident

Do I recommend it? Not really. Tread forward on your own risk.



UnderCovers by Kayti McGee

undercovers.jpgHalfway through her first year on the job, Melissa Montclair decides the best part of teaching is winter break.

And the best part of break is the Perfect Ten she meets in a bar on New Year’s Eve. Why not celebrate a semester under her belt with a Perfect Ten in her pants? The one night affair is all she hoped for, until she walks into school a week later and sees Mr. Ten is Student Twenty-nine on her roll call.

She should be mortified—and she is—but that doesn’t stop her from banging him again. And again.

And again.

So much for job security.

Posing as an exchange student at Hamilton High is finally the assignment Officer Spence Vega has been hoping for. Now he has a shot at getting to the bottom of the town’s recent molly epidemic. There’s only a couple of problems: first, history is taught by the curvy bombshell he banged on New Year’s. Second, his growing suspicion is that she’s the dealer he’s looking for.

The job was supposed to be an easy in-and-out, not the teacher.

If only they could stop getting under the covers, staying undercover would be so much easier.

My review:

Note: I didn’t finish it. This is a DNF review.

I can’t remember the last time I didn’t like a book so much that I gave up hope that it would improve. I usually plough through and try to finish but not this one.

Based on the very little I read:

  • The male lead is highly immature he could really be in high school. I stopped after a bit from his POV because he was so like a teen boy thinking about his hot teacher. I did not AT ALL get a cop or adult vibe from him except for the fact that he knew his way in the bedroom.
  • The female lead was fine, not particularly nice. She overreacted after seeing him in class, did not have a poker face—but that’s all normal. I didn’t have a problem with her per se.

And that’s all I have to say. I stopped reading, after all. I genuinely like undercover cop stories—guess not enough to read through this.

Do I recommend it? Again, tread forward on your own risk. I’m not encouraging you, but you can try if you want.



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