The Escort Next Door by Clara James – Review

The Escort Next Door by Clara James – ReviewTitle: The Escort Next Door
Series: The Escort Next Door #1
Author: Clara James
Pages: 87
Genres: Erotica
Published: September 5, 2013
Published by: Romance Novel
Source: Purchased
Format: eBook
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one-star
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Julia has the seemingly perfect family; a successful husband and three wonderful kids. From the outside all seems well, but behind closed doors things are anything but ordinary. Julia's marriage has become distant and she finds stunning evidence about her husband’s actions on his business trips. Julia wants to escape and decides to make a decision that will change her life forever.

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Julia’s marriage is in a rut and she wants to fix things with her husband as she feels they have a pretty solid marriage. That is, until she discovers her husbands dirty little secret. Now, she wants out of the marriage and needs to make some money fast. This leads her to making the decision to become an Escort.
As for the characters; Julia is relatable in regards to her life of a housewife, and the problems with her marriage to Paul. Paul, seems closed off towards Julia, and it’s hard to figure him out.  But his behaviour does make sense once Julia discovers his secret. I wouldn’t say either of these characters are terribly likeable as their decisions are questionable, especially considering they are parents of 3 young children.
This story seems to glorify the life of an escort to being all wonderful when realistically is not. However, I can appreciate artistic licence and being that it’s fiction the author can make of this profession what she likes, and that’s fine, but on this occasion it just didn’t work for me.
Unfortunately, the writing needs a good edit as there are several mistakes to be found throughout causing a little confusion when names get mixed up.
There are a couple of sex scenes. One is a little painful and he other is quite steamy. I did think these were quite well written.
Overall, a mediocre read and I doubt I will continue on with the series.

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March 2015 Recap!

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Well, March is all wrapped up for another year and what a busy month it was both on the blog and away from it. I was able to start taking on review requests once again this month, and I have been swamped with many requests. The books that I have accepted so far are listed below.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank those authors who have allowed me to read and review their book(s).

Here is a look back at the books I’ve reviewed, new arrivals for review, discussion posts and funny things that have popped up while blogging this month.

REVIEWS THIS MONTH

  1. Hot and Bothered by Kate Meader
  2. Queen of the Hill by Genevieve Jack
  3. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
  4. Good by S Walden
  5. Touching Ghost by Regina Carlysle
  6. Want by Jo Briggs
  7. Akarnae by Lynette Noni
  8. Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
  9. Be With Me by J Lynn
  10. Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

NEW ARRIVALS FOR REVIEW

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DISCUSSION POSTS – LET’S TALK

  1. What do you look for in a book review?
  2. First book you read with a steamy love scene in it?
  3. Favourite heroic moment?
  4. Do you review every book you read?

FUNNY PHOTO’S

I found these while lurking on Facebook. I’m a Hobbit, what about you?

HEIGHT DEFINITIONS

And…for all the Star Wars fans out there. :-)

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Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher – Review

Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher – ReviewTitle: Never Never
Series: Never Never #1
Author: Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher
Pages: 159
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Published: January 7, 2015
Published by: Hoover Ink
Source: Purchased
Format: eBook
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five-stars

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He'll do anything to remember. She'll do anything to forget.

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Never Never is so cryptic. LOVE IT!
The characters Charlie and Silas have lost their memories and are trying to find out who they are and why they’ve lost their memories of their family, friends, relationship. Yet they can remember how to use a phone, google, drive and who movies stars are etc. It’s mind-boggling but in a good way!
This story keeps you guessing all the time and I couldn’t predict what will happen next.
The fabulous writing from Hoover and Fisher was easy to read and consistent with its flow throughout the book.
I read this in one sitting as it is a novella but not only because of that, it was just too hard to put down. I love it when a book does that to me!
The book ends with a cliffhanger but I felt it was on the cards. It didn’t disappoint me it just left me wanting more but also thinking “That was awesome!”.
Can wait for the next one!
5 fabulous stars!!!

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Bought Borrowed and Bagged – 28 March 2015

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I am taking part in the following meme:
Bought Borrowed and Bagged, hosted by TalkSupe.
Bought, Borrowed and Bagged is a weekly meme, in which we share the books we have “bought, borrowed and bagged” this week. Plus a recap of the weeks reviews, upcoming reviews, events, and book, movies and television news.

BOOKS BOUGHT (Images link to Amazon or Goodreads)

BOOKS READ (Images link to Goodreads or Amazon)

 

BOOKS REVIEWED

REVIEWS TO COME NEXT WEEK

  • Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
  • The Escort Next Door by Clara James

SHARON’S TV AND MOVIE NEWS

I finally found some time to check out the TV show Outlander this week. Oh my goodness….I absolutely love it! I normally dislike historical romance or anything set in medieval times usually, but this I can get into. As they can’t make the shows fast enough for me, I’ve purchased the book and I can’t wait to find some time to start it.

The Odd Couple started up recently here in Australia and that’s been good so far. As I was a huge Friends fan I’m so pleased to see Matthew Perry back on our screens, he was my favourite “friend”. Here’s a snippet that made me laugh:

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Be With Me by J Lynn – Review

Be With Me by J Lynn – ReviewTitle: Be With Me
Series: Wait For You #2
Author: J Lynn
Pages: 416
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Published: February 13, 2014
Published by: Harper UK
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
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five-stars

There are a lot of reasons why Teresa and Jase should steer clear of each other…
Firstly, Teresa is Jase’s best friend’s little sister – and Jase has a pretty good idea of how Cam will feel about anyone messing her around.
Secondly, Teresa’s dreams of being a dancer have just been put on hold – maybe permanently. The last thing she needs is a player like Jase distracting her when she needs to find direction.
Thirdly, Jase has a secret. A big one. And he’s not ready to risk sharing it with anyone apart from the people closest to his heart.
But there is one electric reason why they can’t stay away from each other…

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Do you like stories where there is a burning flame between a girl and her brothers best friend? If your answer is yes, then read on to see what I thought of Be With Me.

My Likes:

  • There is excellent sexual tension between Jase and Teresa that was exceptionally strong and this aspect kept me glued to this book.
  • Teresa has had her hopes and dreams crushed but is logical enough, and thinks past this obstacle and focuses on another future instead. She listens to good advice and looks for a new passion/dream in her life. She is a strong girl and is very resilient.
  • Jase, is funny, smart, cocky and a very genuine nice guy who is completely swoon-worthy even though he has some serious baggage to deal with.
  • Cam and Avery from Wait For You, make several appearances as Cam is Teresa’s big brother. We see their relationship develop further in this book as well.
  • I enjoyed the writing style of J Lynn. It’s easy to follow and uses simple every day language/dialog while still being powerful emotionally.
  • I found a lot of the situations the characters find themselves in to be relatable, and I felt that they were portrayed very realistically.
  • The pace of the story was not as fast as I expected, but there was enough going on that kept me wanting to know more.
  • There is also some interesting dramatic event’s, that offers up a little suspense too.

My Dislikes:

  • None – I loved it!

The Romance:

It is a sexy romance, but the love scenes are written with a certain amount of it left to the imagination, keeping them a little more discreet in the details. Very nicely written too.

Standalone or Series:

This book can be read as a standalone, but it is book 2 in the Wait for You series. I found it to be beneficial to have read book 1 – Wait for You, as those characters make several appearances in this story.

Final Thoughts:

There is a fair amount of swearing in this book and if you don’t like that aspect in your reads, then you may not enjoy this. It did not bother me as I felt it was fitting for the ages of these characters being in their late teens and early twenties.

Overall, Be With Me has stayed with me long after I finished it, making it hard to start the next book. The raw emotion of this story makes it feel very real and with adorable characters this book is easy to love.

5 stars!

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