Author Review: Penelope Ward

So I have been in a real good New Adult streak the past couple of weeks and what can I say? I. am. having. a. BLAST! I have been discovering a lot of old and new NA authors and despite the tropes and the same as usual plot twists that’s happening to everybody and their mother, I am surprisingly having a really good time reading them! And with the rate I’m going, I’m not sure if I’d have the time to review them individually so I decided to just do some sort of a quick author review, if that makes sense?

I have read two of Penelope Ward’s books in probably under 4 days (I am a slow reader, I know!) and the reviews couldn’t be any more different!


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Title: Roomhate 

Date Published: February 12th 2016 

My book format: Kindle e-book 


 

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Sharing a summer house with a hot-as-hell roommate should be a dream come true, right? 
Not when it’s Justin…the only person I’d ever loved…who now hates me.
When my grandmother died and left me half of the house on Aquidneck Island, there was a catch: the other half would go to the boy she helped raise.
The same boy who turned into the teenager whose heart I broke years ago.
The same teenager who’s now a man with a hard body and a hardass personality to match.
I hadn’t seen him in years, and now we’re living together because neither one of us is willing to give up the house.

The worst part? He didn’t come alone.

I’d soon realize there’s a thin line between love and hate. I could see through that smug smile. Beneath it all…the boy is still there. So is our connection. 

The problem is…now that I can’t have Justin, I’ve never wanted him more


 

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4 Stars

I am giving RoomHate 3.5 stars ‘coz I really kinda liked it! I mean, I’ve seen better ones, but this one is unique and sweet and sexy in its own way!

I admit it kinda started a little off for me (If you’re reading this right now and are feeling the same thing at the beginning, read on and get through the first quarter of the book! I promise it would get so much better!) Things began kinda slow and Amelia was just being apologetic for every single thing she does and I kinda hated it, honestly. On the other hand, Justin Banks, the hottie that he is, was just being plain DB at the beginning. So yeah. It wasn’t a good start at all and I was ready to DNF at 10%.

But then I kinda persevered some more and surprisingly things got really better. And I mean, really better! ❤ The thing I liked most with RoomHate is the character development of both Amelia and Justin. I love it when the characters would (a little not-so spoiler here!) grow apart for a period of time (like for a year or two) and then they’d see each other again and…you know the drill here, guys. So yeah, I liked the more mature Amelia and Justin in the second half of the story and things just got really good from then on. 🙂

I’d recommend this if you’re someone who likes childhood-friends-turned-lovers kind of stories, or if you’re into angsty characters because believe me, the angst in this book was way taller than Michael Jordan. Wait, where did that MJ comparison came from?

Anyway, it was a very pleasant surprise that I kinda liked how things turned out in this! Again, it started a little off but things kinda got okaaaay and soooo gooood! And Justine Banks was such a darling!



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Title: Jake Undone 

Date Published: October 1st 2013

My book format: Kindle e-book


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Nina Kennedy was alive…but not living…until she met him.

Planes, trains, heights…you name it, Nina was afraid of it and led a sheltered life ruled by irrational fears and phobias. When she moves to Brooklyn for nursing school, that life is turned upside down, as she develops an intense but unwanted attraction to her gorgeous roommate, who’s pierced, tattooed and just happens to be the smartest person she’s ever met.

Behind Jake Green’s rough exterior and devilish smile, lies a heart of gold. He makes it his mission to change Nina’s outlook on life. When he agrees to tutor her, they forge a bet and the stakes are high as Jake forces Nina to face her demons. He just wasn’t expecting to fall hard for her in the process.

What Nina doesn’t realize, is that Jake has been living his own private hell. Once he drops a bombshell, will their love survive it?

Told in two parts from both Nina and Jake’s points of view, Jake Undone is a standalone story and a companion to the novel, Gemini.


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3 Stars

2.5 stars for this one! As much as I would like to love it, there are just some parts that I was really confused about. I mean, it wasn’t bad, it’s just very…forgettable. 😦

It was something in between “I liked it” and “It was ok.” I’ve been really thinking about my rating for this one because there are things I really liked about it but there are also things that are kinda meh for me.

It started out with Nina being afraid of a lot of things – like riding trains, taking the elevator, all those kinda stuff – and Jake, her new roommate, made it a point to help her get over each of her fears and falling for her in the process. It was a roommates turned lovers kind of story, you see.  The premise was cute and it wasn’t shallow at all. Both Nina and Jake have pasts you wouldn’t expect them to have, especially Jake.

However, I just found things to be all over the place and I thought there were just too many things happening at the same time? I dunno. I think I might be the odd one out here because everybody in Goodreads is loving it and even giving it 10 out 5! Man, I wish I loved it more. I tried, I swear.

P.S. The ending with Ivy, though, (you have to read it to know who Ivy is! Spoiler if I say who she is!) still doesn’t sit well for me. I still feel a little off about it so I guess it’s a huge factor why I didn’t like the book over all. Then again it was just me. If the rest of Goodreads loved Jake, Undone, you should prolly still check it out and see for yourself! 🙂


 

Anyway, that’s it guys! 2 of Penelope Ward’s books that I’ve read during the past week! I am looking forward to discover more new and old NA writers because they are a breeze to read, and just aren’t complicated at all! Ha! Perfect during study breaks! 🙂

I’ll see you next post, and as always – happy reading!

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Book Review: Smut by Karina Halle

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Oh Smut! This book reminds me so much of the Tangled series by Emma Chase. And if you’re an avid NA reader like myself, you’d know that anything comparable to Tangled is close to perfection. And this one, definitely, is close to perfection.

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Title: Smut
Author: Karina Halle
Date Published: May 16th 2016
Date Read: June 19th to 24th 2016
My book format: Kindle edition 

 

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What 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?

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I was in dire need for a quick and happy read when I decided to pick and read Smut. I initially saw Pearl‘s review of this a couple of weeks ago and I was instantly hooked just with the blurb so I decided to give it ago 🙂  I knew beforehand that it was something I would love, the sucker for NA that I am. And I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I loved every bit of it!


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Smut is about two university students – Amanda and Blake – finishing both their degrees and taking up this particular writing class as a requirement. Blake and Amanda are a hundred percent opposites – Blake is your typical univ jock while Amanda is the oh-so-perfect straight A student. No common ground at all, except that they are both aspiring authors and both are apparently into geeky and nerdy stuff. They then get partnered up in final writing project and that’s where the real action begins.

Although the title suggests that it’s totally going to be a smutty read, it was way more than that! It isn’t just your typical smut novel without a plot. Both Blake and Amanda has their own story to tell, plus author Karina Halle delved into what really goes in the minds of erotica authors and how they do it! It’s just that we have a twist here and that’s for you to find out if you haven’t read this!


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Amanda Newland

Amanda is such an endearing character! I was able to relate to her in so many ways. She is very determined to finish her studies, she wants to be an author and she’s working so hard for it. She’s an overachiever – and she won’t allow anything to come between her plans of graduating from univ and becoming a sci-fi published author.19110249._SX540_Definitely a no-non sense kinda girl. I feel like we can be best friends! 🙂 But despite how she appears to be all firm and stiff, I like how she was able to show her other side – her smutty side, ha! – whenever she’s around Blake. Their contrast in personality definitely added to the chemistry between the two, and everything just goes flaming hot whenever they are together.

Blake Crawford

Man, this guy is hot. And a bookstore owner! Ha! That alone won me over and that alone made me swoon over Blake! Well. It’s technically his Dad who owns Crawford Books but he’s inheriting it so yeah, he’s a bookstore owner! 🙂

Blake is anything but sweet. He’s funny, he’s sexy. He’s raw. So raw. Like everything he says makes you wanna swoon over and surrender every inch of you to this guy! Yes, that hot! He’s practically slept with every woman in school and women seemed nothing to him. He doesn’t do relationships. He doesn’t do serious. Well, until he meets Amanda, that is. Again, what else can I say, this guy is perfect.


 

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4 Stars

That’s a 4.5! 🙂 4.5 smutty stars for this one! Overall, I loved loved loved it! It was definitely what I needed during the time that I was all so stressed about school and I just needed something to pick me up, and pick me up it did! It’s definitely what an NA novel should be! 🙂

Highly recommended, guys!

Happy reading!

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