Thursday, October 29, 2009

Personal Best

Personal Best
Title: Personal Best: A Going for the Gold Novel
Author: Sean Michael
Series: Going for the Gold
Rating: 2/5 stars

Wow... where to start....

Let's start with a basic plot summary. Jessy is a swim coach and is called by another coach about a possible job opportunity. That opportunity turns out to be Mike Gauliet. A natural swimmer whose parents were legends before they died. Jessy has Mike move in with him, and coaches Mike to reach his full potential.

Next let's go over the names. It was really annoying to have Michael switching up names for Jessy. One minute he's called Jessy and the next minute he's being called Coach. It was also confusing during the scenes where there were more than one coach. I kept having to reread to figure out who was talking.

Now let's talk about Michael's grammar. I really think this guy needs to go back to high school and learn the basics of writing. "Jessy didn't, hand working him, mouth stealing his breath." That is NOT a sentence! Neither is "He never had, but he wanted, he would let Jessy in."

Okay, let's move on to the sex/plot ratio. Way out of proportion. Now, I know a lot of people like their romance novels crammed with sex, but I like to have some plot sprinkled in there. It started out decently, with a good strong plot, but then the M/Cs get together and the plot is pretty much forgotten. It just turns into sex, sex, sex with about two or three scenes of plot thrown in as an afterthought.

Overall? I do not recommend this book unless you're looking for crappy smut. If you're like me and poor grammar and punctuation make you wanna get out a red pen, I'd stay far, far away from this novel. Ugh. Someone get this guy an editor. =[

** Warning ** This novel contains sex scenes and may not be appropriate for readers under than age of 18.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Kim Dare and Voracious Vamps!

M/M Romance author, Kim Dare is featured this week as the Author of the Week on Total e-bound! And to celebrate, she's giving readers and chance to win one of her e-books for free! Check out here website here for more information!

Total e-bound is also doing their own contest for Halloween! It's called Voracious Vamps Contest! Enter to win one of 5 £10 e-bound vouchers. Enter here.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Nanny Diaries

The Nanny Diaries
Title: The Nanny Diaries
Author: Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Series: N/A
Rating: 2/5 stars

The Nanny Diaries follows the tale of a woman named Nanny as she works for a family called the Xes. Nanny spends her time working for the Xes babysitting their son Grayer while attending NYU. Everything is going pretty well at the start, then the Xes become the family from hell.

Okay, I've had this book on my to-read shelf for a while and I finally got around to reading it. Well, it was very disappointing. The first thing I didn't like was the names. Her name is Nanny, the parents are Mr. X and Mrs. X, the child is Grayer and she calls her crush H.H. which stands for Harvard Hottie. To me, this showed a horrible lack of imagination and it felt like the authors were too lazy to come up with names.

The second thing that I didn't like was Nanny. She spent most of the novel whining and crying. She cried to her parents, to her grandmother, her friends and H.H. Instead of doing something about her problems, she just complains about her crappy life.

The only thing I really liked about this book was little Grayer. He just sounded so cute and I felt really bad for him. His parents really need to be smacked and told to grow the hell up. It's pretty bad when a four-year-old is more mature than his parents.

Overall, I was very disappointed in the book. It was hard to get into, and once I started reading I couldn't wait for it to end. I probably wouldn't ever recommend it to anyone.