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Book Review: GIVING IT UP by Amber Lin

June 22, 2012 Book Review, Erotica 3



Warning: This book contains sexually explicit scenes and adult language.

Title: Giving it Up

Author: Amber Lin

Rating: 4 Stars



GIVING IT UP is a dark and portrait of people caught in lives they didn’t ask for, with pasts they must escape. Allie and Colin must save themselves, in order to save each other.

“Allie prowls the club for a man who will use her hard and then ditch her. Hey, it’s not rape if she wants it. Instead she finds Colin, who looks tough but treats her tenderly, despite her protests.

He tempts her, but kindness and a few mindblowing orgasms aren’t enough to put her back together again. Allie has no hope for a real relationship. Two years ago her best friend betrayed her in the worst possible way – she’d be stupid to trust a man again. Besides, she has her daughter to think of, the only good thing to have come from that dark night.

But when her rapist returns, threatening her sanity and custody of her daughter, Allie turns to Colin. Under his protection and patient touch, Allie begins to heal and learns to hope. Colin’s no saint, though, and his criminal past draws danger of its own. Allie must fight to protect her child and the man she loves, hoping her newfound power will be enough to save them all.”

I enjoyed this book very much. It was easy to read. The story moved quickly and I found myself wanting to keep reading to find out what happens to the characters.

Watching Allie and Colin’s relationship evolve was very interesting. The reader must find out how they are feeling mostly through their actions. Neither character are big talkers, especially Colin. Allie’s feelings are so distorted by her past traumas and her current desperation to survive. It was so heartbreaking to watch her struggle to please Colin without realizing that just by being her she was good enough. He wanted nothing more than to save her, but her own self-loathing would not allow her to trust him. Strong, handsome Colin is controlling and protective, both of Allie and his own heart. I wanted nothing more than to see Allie and Colin defeat the demons of their pasts, and to be able to rise above the lies and betrayals that threatened to tear apart their fragile new relationship. I was rooting the whole book for their little unconventional family to survive.

GIVING IT UP is a story of healing, love, undeniable lust and steamy sex. It left me wanting to read more. I want to know what happens to Allie, Colin, Bailey, Shelly and even Philip. I want to see and know more about these characters and I am definitely looking forward to reading another book from this author.

“What was this thing that felt like trust but looked like lust?”

*I received this book from the author as an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.






SHADOW AND BONE (The Grisha Trilogy #1)By Leigh Bardugo

June 17, 2012 Book Review 0

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Author: Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 4 Stars

“Unlike anything I’ve ever read.” -Veronica Roth (bestselling author of DIVERGENT)

 Following Alina Starkov on her journey of self-discovery through this stark and beautiful landscape was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

 Alina Starkov grew up an orphan in the kingdom of Ravka, in a Russia very different from the one we know, with one friend and companion, Mal.. Shadow and Bone tells the story the discovery of a hidden power that Alina possesses. This power has the potential to change her entire world, or as she comes to find out, destroy it completely. As she struggles to master this extremely rare gift she must face failure, loss, and betrayal. Through this process however she gains strength, physical beauty, character and self-awareness. She must struggle to keep this power her own.

I loved the character of Alina in this book. Even with great supernatural power and in landscape I can only imagine, I can still relate to her. She is so human. She can be selfish one minute and willing to give her life the next. She is flawed. She makes mistakes. She is seduced by power and beauty but willing to give it all up to save others. She falls in love. She is loyal. She is real.

I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series. The real story is just beginning and I’m so looking forward to finding out where it takes Alina.

DEADLOCKED (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine Harris

June 17, 2012 Book Review 0

In spite of a lack of action, I was just happy to read about these characters again. Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam and all of the others have become like old friends. I’m always pleased to be able to visit with them and catch up on what’s going on.

Deadlocked managed to include so many of the important characters from earlier books. We even got a brief visit from Quinn, one of my favorites. However, I didn’t love this book as much as I loved the books at the beginning of this series. It lacked action, moved slowly and the storyline meandered all over the place. I suppose there issues from the past that needed loose ends tied up in preparation for the series’ final book. Harris did succeed in solving many of these issues and setting up a conflict for the final book. Who will Sookie end up with?

As always, I enjoyed the backdrop that Harris provides for her stories. I can never get enough of hot, sticky, southern Bon Temps and it’s group of non-supe townsfolk. I was thrilled for Tara and JB and I hope Jason finally gets to settle down.

I gave this book 3 stars. It lacked action but let me connect with some of my favorite characters. As usual, Sookie was the bright spot. I’ve enjoyed growing with her and seeing her become more confidant and introspective, if sometimes a little sad. She’s seen been part of so many unimaginable and frightening events but manages to somehow maintain a mostly upbeat, can-do attitude. I am looking forward to read the final book in this series, and will be sad to see t end.