Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Trust in Advertising

WARNING: This is a review, there are spoilers in it! So please, if you don't want the book to be spoiled... go read it first! And then tell me what you thought about it in the comments section.

Trust in Advertising by Victoria Michaels

In this book we invade the mindset of Alexandra White, best known as Lexi White. Lexi is a recently orphaned college dropout that lives in the city of San Francisco. She dropped out of school to take care of her alzheimers' afflicted, widowed father. A noble cause for sure. In this pursuit she pushes her dreams of becoming a marketing/advertising mogul aside.

After getting through the death of her father, the last living family member she had; she's in San Fran attempting to live it up in the big city. Problem is she's stuck. Stuck in an ordinary job at a record store. Stuck in a field where she can't grow. And thus she decides (with the help of her dashing side kick, her bff) to start applying for entry level jobs in her dream field.

Eventually, she gets a job with Hunter Advertising and within the week is being promoted from pretty much lunch girl to executive assistant (ha ha). Low and behold but who should her new boss be? Oh just her high school -and pretty much lifelong- crush, Vincent Drake. Except now, the boy that she barely knew in high school but apparently had a well formed opinion of, is nothing like the man she encounters. He's silent, broody, mistrustful and rude but damn hot. Shocker -I know-. Vincent has been hurt many times before by the women he decided to hare his life with bla bla bla bla. She is insecure about her worth in his eyes as she was a nobody in high school and all that jazz.

His family is the owner of the Advertising agency where they work with just sparks more distrust for Vincent as everybody around him thinks him to be privileged. She turns out to be an advertising super star nailing pitches, creating innovative campaign ideas and so forth. They try to keep it professional but can't, he fucks it up repeatedly and apologizes repeatedly. After the huge fuck up at the end he grovels and eventually they have their happily ever after.

So, what do I really think about this book? 

It was a bit bla, at times the MC was too insecure for my taste. I like my leading ladies assertive, confident and intelligent. Also there were times when the book was trying to be sneaky dropping hints about future plot twists but in reality it wasn't sneaky, it definitely wasn't surprising and since it read in an obvious manner I just ended up exasperated that the MC couldn't see what was being spelled out -literally- right in front of her. I think the book tried too hard to be exciting at the end and crammed as much coupling action in there as it could. It should have picked a main plot focus; either the scandal or the love story. For me both lacked build up and foundation. The world development was poor at best; we get half-assed descriptions of the settings and almost no written views of the city. Otherwise it was an ok read, though not as fun as other Victoria Michaels books I've read. All in all a cliche riden, proved to be liked stereotypes sort of book. I would recommend this for a boring afternoon.

RATING: Bleeh. 50/50

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WELP... I'm back!

After a whole year of absence and leaving my poor poor blog forever on hold, I am back to reclaim my rightful title as The CRR.  Now seeing as a whole year has passed you can imagine how many books, henceforth, reviews I have to share with you; the lovely Internet reading community. This time I swear by my chiny-chin-chin to maintain some semblance of a posting schedule. As ever you can leave any reading suggestions in the comments section below where I eagerly await your response.

With all my love,
The CRR.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tangled, the full review.

Tangled by Emma Chase

WARNING: Seeing as this is a review, there are spoilers in it. No shit. So please, if you don't want the book to be spoiled... go read it first! And then tell me what you thought about it in the comments section.

So... remember how I said that the writing style was annoying for me? Well, it continued to be annoying. THE WHOLE BOOK. ( If you don't know what I'm going on about, check my last post)
For the entire duration of this book Drew talks to me (the reader) and freaks the hell out of me. Again, this is just me. Other people might find this cool, fun or refreshing. I DO NOT.

Besides just because most women want to get inside the man brain doesn't mean we want to know
 e v e r y t h i n g
going on inside there, just the important stuff. Things we don't "already know". I don't need you to tell me guys think a lot about sex. We KNOW this.

One thing I will say about romance novels, at least contemporary romance novels in general tend to make the whole "falling in love" part of the books way to express. I want time to savour the relationships, to feel the connection, see the problems they get through. I want to actually feel like these people could be in -real life- love.

But enough ranting.

Apart from all this I still sort of like the story. It's the typical bad, skirt chasing boy falls for sweet girl. But I do like classic, story set ups they never fail to do me right. *wink, wink* (though this one almost manage to fail) It's nice to get a book from a mans POV, even if it is written by a woman. It's hard to find romance books where the main voice is a male one. So I can appreciate that.

Disagree with me? Like this book? Is there a book you'd like me specifically to review?
Leave a comment! I'd love to read from you (:



Sunday, August 3, 2014

Currently Reading: Tangled.

Not Tangled as in Disney but Tangled as in Emma Chase.

First impression; reading this book's blurb I thought it would be a likable book. I may be wrong. 

Basically, it starts with a flash forward into the main characters life. He's a sorry, sad mess after "the love of his life" has left him to go get married to someone else. 

Sounds good right? It would be, if it weren't for the writing style.

He spends most of the chapters (I'm on the fifth chapter) talking TO the reader. Some of you might enjoy it. I don't. It interrupts my reading rhythm and breaks my mood. It's not that the story is bad, I just lose focus every time he talks to me. 

That's all, I'll be publishing a full review on Tuesday or  Wednesday. 

Have a nice begging of the week, yes begging because I'm begging it not to start.



Friday, August 1, 2014

This week's book is, drumroll please...

I'm just gonna jump right into it. WARNING spoilers, duh.

Raw by Belle Aurora. 

Let me break it down for you.

This book begins with what supposed to be a compelling scene where the main character (Alexa Ballentine) witnesses a child being abused an runs out to help him. They do a whole weird conversation displaying their whacked up trust issues and then exchange names, reluctantly. This scene is the WHOLE premise of the book. This is the part where the dude (Antonio Falco, later to be known as Twitch) gets her stuck in his head and then later blames her for everything in life. I mean, I get that when your a kid that's in an abusive environment, you tend to latch on an remember kindness. But come on, this kid is supposed to be eight! Why would he remember Alexa so strongly and further more blame her for everything? The book does such a poor job of explaining this fixation. According to it he blames Alexa for giving him something sweet/good in the world an therefore he cannot die.
Secondly, stalking. So much stalking (the traditional kind).
Thirdly, the overwhelming amount of tear jerker moments in this book. Not as many as the sex scenes, but still.
Lastly OMG, yes it's an omg moment, does this book need a sequel or a better explained ending. The ending is one of THE biggest cliffhangers I've ever read. I mean really?  The kid she worked with gets killed before he goes on a date with the other kid she helps (tear jerker). Twitch dies in a coma, she quits being a social worker and has twitch's kid. They visit his grave, she feels his eyes on her, she cries. Suddenly twitch is still alive but faking death to keep them safe. He's waiting for the right moment to come back. Don't do this to me! Either announce a sequel or write a more satisfying ending. It doesn't have to be happy, just satisfying!
What I can say, and you can probably tell from that last little rant, is that I did like the book. It was decent enough to get me engaged, though weirded out and frustrated at times.  So read it if you like but be prepared for that ending.

Leave a comment if you like, suggest a book for me to read /review. 



On the first day of blogging...

Hello Internet, 

If you have stumbled upon this blog post, welcome to the world of a closet romance reader!
What am I going to be doing with this blog? I don't really know yet. I'll be reviewing some books, talking about what I'm reading / about to read and giving you snippets of my daily life mixed among it all. Basically, I'll be unleashing a bit of the weirdness that is my cognitive process.

Hope you enjoy, leave a comment if you like. Love,

The CRR.