Saturday, July 19, 2014

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: The Art of Wedding a Greek Billionaire

Once upon a time, there was an ordinary girl who grew up listening to bedtime stories where there were no knights in shining armor or Prince Charming. Instead, it had Greek billionaires and this little girl dreamt she'd one day have Her Own Greek Billionaire to live happily ever after with.

When this little girl grew up, she realized that not all fairytale weddings came with happy-ever-after endings. Sometimes, those who speak the words "I love you" don't really mean them, and those who can't utter the words end up being the ones who truly mean them.

This is my story.
I mean your story.
I mean, Mairi Tanner's story.
- Goodreads

It's ended! The frustrated and amazingly pure and demanding and make-a-girl-go-ballistic love story has finally come to an end, and it did so in such a perfect way, I couldn't imagine it ending in any other scenario. When Mairi first set her dreams on finding her Greek Billionaire (whom replaced those silly Prince Charmings lol) she locked eyes with Damen Leventis and knew right away that this was love at first sight. The feeling, however, was not properly returned. Damen lusted after her, but he didn't want her as a permanent partner- he wanted a forever mistress for the marriage his company had rearranged a while back.

Mairi was deterred at first, but then she realized that if she were to love him, they could overcome anything. And she battled through a lot of waves to get to where they are today.

They've gone through so much drama in this series. Over and over again he slowly let her into his heart only to forcibly kick her off the cliff when something triggered his suspicious mind. I'm not very happy with him for being such an asshole to Mairi, but at the same time I can't exactly blame him. He lived a loveless childhood with a mother who was never there for him where it mattered, so it would only be right for him to be a little more than suspicious with someone like Mairi; a young woman too pure in love to be real. But UGH at the same time, you want to choke him! Because just when he convinces you he loves her, something happens, and instead of believing in her, he believes in the enemy and shows that he didn't really love her after all. So sad. T_T

Her love for him did eventually change him, but shit- there was a lot of drama. O.O And don't even get me started on their miscommunication. People, communication is key. Their assumptions in this story had me cringing because their insecurities from the past made them think the worse of the other yet at the same time they still stayed with each other. I felt like I was holding my breath the entire time I read this, waiting for one of them to blow up. But they didn't. They stayed together, and I think I know why: because they came to accept that no matter what, they will always love the other. And it was that realization that it made the rest of the book flow nicely with its tying of the loose ends and whatnot.

funny gifsThe last novella is an epic epilogue, and I can't wait to see the mother get what's due to her! Oh man, this woman drove me up the wall! His mum Esther thinks of Mairi and practically sees Brooklyn Decker rocking the teeny-weenie bikini, marking her territory in Greece, hunting for a rich husband to catch. The mother truly is a wicked, wicked old woman with a nose job (yes I went there) but she got what she deserved in the end! And there's only more delicious payback to come. Mwahahaha. And OMG Marian, you just had to choose the name Acheron, didn't you?
*sighs happily*

Of all the characters Marian Tee has written, I've got to say that I had the hardest time with Mairi and Damen. Mairi had so many things going against her that it was heartbreaking to see her have to go through degrading things just to have the public realize how good and genuine of a person she really is. Damen was so stubborn and scared of being hurt that whenever something suspicious about Mairi came up, he chose to execute her for it rather than accept that she could never hurt him like the rest of the world could.

Another thing that makes this couple different from the rest of Tee's for me is what I like to call their 'touch with reality'. They were the first couple to be separated and have one of them be intimate with a third party. There was always drama and incidents with the other couples, but those had been vengeful and angry. This particular intimate moment had been out of friendship. It was an attempt at proving that the person still might have had a chance at surviving without their other half. It didn't work, of course, but it still pretty much traumatized me. O.o

This is one of the stories where I'm glad it's done, because I don't think Damen has anymore good points with me. If he fucks up one more time... smh. I recommend this to those who love sappy romance, hot sex scenes (yes there's sex!) and heady drama. What sold this story to me was Mairi's type of love that I don't really see in a lot of the pages these days, and who doesn't love seeing an arrogant man be put in his place with nothing but a loving hand?

Happy Reading :)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Unwillingly Yours (WARNING: Love Moderately 1)

Nerdy. Boring. Unavailable. 18-year-old Jaike Hepburn is happiest when those words are used - and they always are - to describe her. Anything is better than the truth... until she meets a billionaire heir who makes it impossible to deny her true self.

Gorgeous. Charming. Friendly. As part of both a business and political dynasty, 21-year-old Derek Christopoulos is used to living his life in the limelight, pretending to be the embodiment of a modern-day prince. Throughout his life, he's kept his secret side leashed, waiting patiently for that one girl who'd find pleasure in belonging to him, body and soul.

Even as the feelings he arouses in Jaike pushes her into the arms of his rival, Derek knows it's only a matter of time before the truth between them is laid bare.

She is his, and he is hers.
- Goodreads

This is a makeover of Tee's WARNING: LOVE MODERATELY, and is currently being sold in a boxed set called Tangled. I was given an ARC of the set by Marian Tee (this story included). I'm totally loving the set so far!

This was a short story, with a peak at the lives of Jaike and Derek. The two both hide sides that neither wants the world to see, but together- and alone -they could set the freaking planet on fire with their passion. Unwillingly Yours was an entertaining piece, and it'd make a great novel. Just saying. *cough* *cough*.

Jaike is the typical shy girl who has an outgoing boyfriend that dotes on her and makes her feel loved. However, he's recently been acting distant and she doesn't understand what's happened until she sees him at a party with another girl practically humping his lethargic ass on the couch. She's humiliated and hurt, but Derek sweeps in to rescue her. Now if only she'd let him help without biting his head off.

They started on the wrong foot that resulted with Derek losing her to Dick (her now bf being humped), but it's that night at the party that we see the flashbacks of how they all ended up there, and the decisions they make that dictate their future. Jaike and Derek recognize that pull in one another, but with neither willing to risk their neck for it, their chance disappears and they go through all this drama before they finally end up together. I liked the whole build up of their shared passion and the characters themselves, but this was just so short that I couldn't enjoy them like I think they should be enjoyed. There was more drama and pain (ugh the PAIN) than gooey happy times between the two, but hey- they burn bright. Again, this really could've been an amazing book if it were longer. Otherwise, it was a really great tease to some good drama and yummy love.

I recommend.

Happy Reading :)

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: The Final Formula

To a master alchemist like Addie, impossible is just another word for challenge. When a fiery explosion destroys the Alchemica, the premier alchemy institute in the United States, she's left with nothing. No home, no colleagues, and no memory. Learning what happened seems impossible, but she still has one strength, and in her opinion, it's the only one she needs.

She hasn't forgotten a thing about alchemy.

Addie brews a potion to restore her lost past, but remembers only the flames of the Alchemica's destruction- and a man among the ashes. A man with the elemental power of fire, who just happens to be the leader of the magical community. He might know what happened, but getting him to tell her will require some... creativity.

The magical aren't fond of alchemists. 

Some say it borders on hatred, but Addie isn't one to back down from a challenge, even if that challenge happens to be a man who can turn her to ash with a thought.
- Goodreads

I downloaded it because it was free, and it's a very shiny and promising diamond in the rough! I really enjoyed this book! The characters all held their own against each other (including from fading into the background) but what I really enjoyed the most were the twists of the plotline and the building romance between Addie and Rowen.

Addled "Addie" Alchemist was found by four brothers, but it's the youngest one, James, that she bonds with, as the others are bullies who torment their little brother for reasons not yet known to us until after a few chapters in. It's been months since James found her that night the Alchemica was blown up, but Addie is bent on finding out what happened.

She had a wild adventure trying to get to the answers of her past. I loved the four elements- the dudes who overlooked the magicals -and really liked the thought of them living as brothers and sisters under the same roof. Rowen was a suave and very-in-control(freak) guy who could give Addie exactly what she needed: a challenge. Just like her, he tended to blow things up- what with being a fire elemental and all -but with more finesse. Their first meeting was hilarious. TBH I originally made up an older man (late 40s) as Rowen when he first entered the story, and then had to back-track because she relented to kissing him for a glass bottle she was stealing from him (cause she looks a few months over 19 lol). And she didn't even know it was 'him'! SMH.

These two were always bickering but it seemed to endear them to the other as the chapters went on. That's what I liked; the romance wasn't instantaneous, it was a slow build up of their company being shared and feelings being processed. By the time I wanted them to make out already, they finally admitted to possibly falling for the other. Addie's constant curiosity played a part in the comedic relief because it always came up at inappropriate times. XD And Rowen's restraint- and lackthereof -where she was concerned was just as funny. I shared his stress and worry for her.

On top of me getting my fix of romance and humor, I also got to be entertained with a mystery and the suspense of Addie's past. I had a feeling that her past wouldn't be a good one, but there were a lot of secrets revealed that made me cry. I felt so bad for her, and it totally sucked that Rowen and James couldn't forgive her for something she couldn't remember or change. She wasn't the same person from before! It's not ADDIE'S fault.

There is an ending with a tinge of a cliffhanger... don't know if I should say, though...

Oh what the hell, it's a spoiled blog. OK: everything gets solved and it's a full story, but because the guys feel betrayed, the story ends with them and Addie parting ways. That's the cliffhanger- not knowing how they'll make up, if ever. I'm definitely getting the "1.5" book and the second one. First thing tomorrow I'm heading to the bank to deposit some book change. XD My mind is buzzing with the anticipation of getting to read the second book. But TBH, the only thing I'm worried about is the synopsis. You can go read it for yourself, but she ends up with someone (for use of their lab) who used to be the enemy, and until I read the book, I can't tell if she's just an idiot for going back to the bad guy and setting herself up or if she was forced to go there because there was nothing left for her. Cause let's not forget, after the Alchemica blew up, she had nowhere to go, and since the guys are pissed at her, she's kinda homeless again.

I recommend this (FREE AS OF RIGHT NOW) book on Amazon. I took a chance on it and loved it! Addie's curious and fearless mind was amazing and I loved the build up of the romance because it made it seem more believable. I enjoyed the supporting characters and their parts in the plot. It was all marvelous.

If I absolutely had to add in any negativity, it'd be the small details with the bad guys. At some points, I got the impression that she already knew one thing about a character, but then three chapters later, something else would come up, and then she'd be surprised by what I assumed she already knew. So just stuff like that. Otherwise, it was a really great world that I cannot wait to go back to. I love it. :D

Happy Reading :)