[Book Talk] Goddess of The Hunt (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy, #1) by Tessa Dare

goddess of the huntBook Details

Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Read: August 2016

The Wanton Dairymaid series

  1. Goddess of the Hunt


In this lush and seductive novel, exciting new author Tessa Dare takes desire to brazen heights.

Ever the bold adventuress, Lucy Waltham has decided to go hunting for a husband. But first she needs some target practice. So she turns to her brother’s best friend, Jeremy Trescott, the Earl of Kendall, to hone her seductive wiles on him before setting her sights on another man. But her practice kisses spark a smoldering passion–one that could send all her plans up in smoke.

Jeremy has an influential title, a vast fortune, and a painful past full of long-buried secrets. He keeps a safe distance from his own emotions, but to distract Lucy from her reckless scheming, he must give his passions free rein. Their sensual battle of wills is as maddening as it is delicious, but the longer he succeeds in managing the headstrong temptress, the closer Jeremy comes to losing control. When scandal breaks, can he bring himself to abandon Lucy to her ruin? Or will he risk his heart and claim her for his own?

My Thoughts

I’m so happy to be reading more Tessa Dare! I was in the mood to “read my shelf” – that is, all of my TBR books that are just sitting on my bookshelves, unread – and as I was looking through them, wondering what to read, I realized that I hadn’t read this series yet! With the next book in the Spindle Cove series coming out soon, I thought I should finally round out my Tessa Dare reading once and for all.

This was a fun book! I loved Lucy and I freaking loved Jeremy. They were perfect together! There wasn’t all the humour that’s in her newer books (though there are some great funny scenes) and some of the parts dragged just slightly for me, or were repeated a few times too many. I felt like there could’ve been some resolution earlier in the book – with some of the repetition of certain things going on, the book seemed longer than it should have.

BUT this book was still a wonderful read. I just love Tessa’s writing and how she writes such great female and male characters. The females are strong and fun and witty and just perfect. I loved the interaction between the men – Henry and Jeremy, specifically. I also really enjoyed how the story was about Lucy finding herself and where she fit in, as well as Jeremy overcoming issues of his past. Not only is there fun, games, and kissing, but a great story as well!

And can I just say how happy I am the next book is about Sophia? It’s going to be so much fun!

[Book Talk] One Lucky Hero (Men In Uniform, #1) by Codi Gary

one lucky heroBook Details

Format: Audiobook
Source: Overdrive (Library)
Read: August 2016

Men In Uniform series

  1. One Lucky Hero


She was looking for a little fun…

Violet Douglas wants one night where she can be normal. Where she can do something for herself and not be just her sibling’s guardian. So when she spies a tall, dark and sexy stranger, she’s ready to let her wild side roar. The last thing she expects is to see her one night stand one week later, when she drags her delinquent kid brother to the Alpha Dog Training Program.

He wasn’t looking for a commitment…

Sgt. Dean Sparks is used to keeping women at a distance, and yet he can’t resist Violet’s snapping wit or smile. So when he suggests a friends-with-benefits arrangement, it seems like the perfect solution to their undeniable attraction. No emotional entanglement, just mind-blowing sex.

But with their lives becoming more and more entwined, Dean realizes that casual isn’t enough for him anymore. And as Violet finds herself leaning on Dean in a way she never has, will her fears put more distance between them? Or can she let go of the past, and take a chance on happily ever after?

My Thoughts

I’m so glad I gave this book a chance! Initially, I wasn’t sure. I wanted to read the book, but was listening to the audiobook and it was a male narrator. Now, I don’t have anything against male narrators, but it felt weird with more of a romance, girly book. I listened to a few hours of it and then decided not to listen to it … and then changed my mind the next day where I listened to the whole thing! And it was great!

I loved this story. At first I just expected two people hooking up all the time, but there was so much more depth to the story. I loved Violet and Dean, I loved the whole premise of Alpha Dog (and how Violet wasn’t sure about dogs – it was kind of nice to have that rather than her just loving dogs), and I loved how Violet was with her siblings. Family really came first for her.

That being said, the romance was great in this book! Still, a little weird with the male narrator and only because he had the kind of voice that would be very well suited to something like a horror novel. His voice did fit Dean quite well, but with the more sexual scenes it wasn’t my favourite.

I look forward to reading more in this series!

{Book Review} Am I just regretting not going away for school and subconsciously picking books that feature it?

the principles of loveWhen I started reading the next book in my NetGalley queue (a list of books that doesn’t seem to be going down, no matter how many I read!), I had to laugh at how it had the same idea as the book I read last week, Roomies. THIS book, The Principles of Love by Emily Franklinhowever, didn’t have anything to do with going away for university, but instead living on campus for high school. Is that a thing? I’ve never heard of living on campus for high school before, so it was kind of a strange idea for me.

This book wasn’t exactly about freedom, though, since the main character, Love, lives with her dad, the principal. Since it’s high school, there were strict rules when it came to cutting classes and leaving campus — even in your spare time. At any rate, it was hard to really absorb myself into the book with the characters only being 16 years old.

I’m not even really sure how to go about reviewing this book because while I loved the first half of it, the second half fell flat and the ending felt extremely rushed. In the beginning, I loved Love — the character — because she was kind of hilarious in her head and it was fun seeing her fall head over heels for random hot guys around campus. Towards the middle part, though, she started to get really, for lack of a better word, stupid and I don’t know if it was her or the writing, but I felt like I knew the ending of the story right there. Certain ideas were set up as mysterious, but were just way too obvious to me as the reader. And if Love is supposed to be a super smart girl with a good head on her shoulders, then I felt like she should have seen half of these things coming.

I also thought it was a little weird that part of the book surrounded Love emailing another musician, DrakeFan, but we never really saw their interaction except for a few things that Love would say about it. I wanted to see some of their emailings back and forth. I kind of felt that I was robbed as a reader that I was missing out on them!

This book did have some good potential, but I felt like some of the storylines introduced were done for effect, rushed, or not really explained in the end. At first I was really excited because Love was a musician, but a lot of her musical endeavours were just kind of thrown into the story (like her ad singing on the radio). HOWEVER, I did really enjoy the open mike parts. Being a musician myself, I felt like that brought back good memories of getting up on stage in front of a room full of strangers, feeling the anxiety and nervousness coarsing through my veins.

Maybe this book was just writting for a younger audience because I felt like it just didn’t translate well to me being an adult. In fact, being the adult — and a new parent — I kind of cringed at some of the “freedom” that Love got from her father. Trips to New York with a BOY? Spending the night with a boy and not getting the ultimate in grounding? I mean, she’s only 16 and this wasn’t a book about university or anything, so I kind of thought that some of the situations were a little too grown up for the characters. Even some of the dialogue and social situations were a little too grown up (while others were definitely spot on).

In the end, I feel like this book might work out better in some of the other books in the series. It’s the first in the series, so perhaps Love grows up a bit and the story evens out as the story goes on? I was a little miffed that the whole thing kind of ends on a cliffhanger — we get a great opportunity for a full ending (at which point I figured the next books must be companion novels), but then we’re thrown right into this crazy cliffhanger of life choices that Love has to make.

I can’t say that I’ll read the next books in the series, but at least this one did have some humour in it (a few laugh out loud moments, that’s for sure!) and a few likeable characters. There was also a lot of references to music throughout the story. I only wish that it had resonated more with me.

(Added: As I was finishing up this review, I flipped over to the synopsis on Goodreads to see that it was called to be “The Gilmore Girls meets The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” Thinking about this, I can see undertones of The Gilmore Girls, especially as Rory navigated dating, though I doubt I could compare the actual characters of Rory to Love since I felt like Love lost her common sense somewhere along the way.)

Thank you to Open Road Integrated Media and NetGalley for providing me a review copy of this book! 


Do you feel like some YA books are too “grown up” for the audience they’re intended for? Have you ever felt miffed by a cliffhanger ending?