Shooting Stars Reviews

The Failing Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #2) by Sara Ney

How to Date a Douchebag: The Failing Hours - Sara Hassinger Ney, C. Marie Mosley

Zeke is a major douchebag, he's rude, mean, and just doesn't give a crap about anything really other than his sport. And when the couch threatens him he has to get a tutor, and he has to be a "big" to a little kid in a program that will make his couch happy. 

 

The problem is the tutor Violet also happens to be baby sitting a kid, and these two can't seem to stay away from each other. But, Violet knows how he has, and how he acts, and he keeps hurting her, but for some reason she sees something in him that no one else does, and keeps continuing to be his friend. 

 

However, this quickly turns into more, and neither one of them are sure what's going to happen next. 

 

This book was a lot better than the first one. I thought this one was really good! I enjoyed the whole plot line, and I loved how Zeke was nice to Violet, but he also kept turning back into his jerk self. And Violet, may have had issues, but she wasn't afraid to take a chance on Zeke, and she also wasn't afraid to let him have it when he deserved it. 

 

Overall this book was good. It had a great story line, good characters, and some very funny, and romantic times in it. 

Valiant by Bella Jewel

Valiant: Joker's Wrath MC - Bella Jewel

This story begins when Baylee goes out for a night of fun an meets Jack. She's the first woman to ever turn him down, and now he's hooked. But, Jack is different than she thought he was. He's always ready with a joke or a smile, and while his family may be part of the MC world, he is not. 

 

But, Baylee has secrets, and she knows that she's not good for Jack, so she does her best to keep away, but that doesn't work. And now she's falling hard and fast for him no matter what her head is telling her. 



“One day that smile is going to touch your eyes, and fuck, it's going to be the most beautiful thing the world has ever seen.”- Jack

This book was really good! I enjoyed Baylee and Jack together, and I enjoyed the plot line a lot as well. I really admired Baylee for how she protected Rae, an all the things they went through together. 

 

The only thing about this book was I felt like we didn't get enough of Jack and Baylee together, and it felt like the ending was rather abrupt, but it did have a nice HEA to it.  

Saved Elemental by Tamara White

Saved Elemental (Evelyn Storm Series Book 2) - Tamara White, Tamara White, Michelle L. Hoffman

In the second book in the series, Evie is kidnapped, and her boys are doing everything they can to find her. But, as secrets come to light, an Evie learns some things she can do it gets a lot more complicated. 

 

I don't want to say much more because it will give things away, so I ended up liking this book, but not loving it. I felt like it was very short, which that isn't really a problem, but to me it gave little information and had the reading asking a lot of questions that are going unanswered for now. And to top it all off it almost ends exactly like the first one, which was a little bit annoying. 

 

Other than that though I'm looking forward to more, and finding out more about Evie's power, and how she's going to handle everything. 

Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick Reawakening - Kristen Ashley

This is a story I've really been wanting to read for a long time now. I really liked Daisy in all of the other Rock Chick books. She's hilarious, sweet, and always there for you if you need her. And this book truly brings out how strong Daisy is, and what she had to endure to get her hea in life. 

 

It also shows us how Marcus and Daisy got together, and let me say while I adored this, I was also expecting a little more from them. But, that could also be because this was a novella and not a full blown novel. Either way it was still very good, and I enjoyed it a whole heck of a lot. 

 

The best part of the whole book was basically the ending! I cried and felt so bad for Daisy, and I loved that we got to read it through Marcus' point of view as well. That just added more emotion to it! 

 

I'm sad to see this series completely over with. But, I'm hoping there could be the children's story, or maybe just a spin-off story! 

A Step into the Dark by Donna Augustine

A Step into the Dark: Ollie Wit Series - Donna Augustine

Ollie Wit just lost her family a month ago, and she knows it is due to the monsters she sees, but no one else sees them. Her shrink thinks she's nuts, and just wants her to be better, so she tries to make them all think she's fine, and normal. But, when someone instructs her to come work for him, and that he knows what she is, things get even more crazy for her. 

 

Now, as she starts to learn this new world, secrets come out, but some are also trying to keep Ollie in the dark. 

 

This book was a great start to this series. I thoroughly enjoyed Ollie, and her brand of humor, and how strong she was. I loved the relationship between Ollie and Kane as well. It was great reading about them, and how I can totally see them ending up together. 

 

I will say towards the end it seemed to end rather abruptly without much details into the plot other than a few major things. 

 

Other than that, I thought this book was really good. I enjoyed this world that the author created, and I look forward to more! 

A Day In The Life Of.. An Author: Tijan Style!

 

Check out this interview and teaser with TIjan! 

 

Link: http://shootingstarsreviews.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-day-in-life-of-author-tijan-version.html

Keep You from Harm by Debra Doxer

Keep You from Harm - Debra Doxer

Keep You From Harm begins when the heroine's mother dies, and she must go live with a brother she never knew existed. She's been good at being on her own mostly and taking care of herself, but stepping into this new life she doesn't know what to do or how to act other than try to keep herself closed off from others. 

 

But, then Lucas shows up in the picture and things get complicated and confusing for her. 

These two have an instant attraction, and more things connecting them together than she thought. And as she learns the secrets of her past, things get even more complicated for them. 

 

This book was a huge surprise in a really good way. I didn't really know what I was getting into when I started reading it, but once I started I couldn't stop till the book was over. 

 

I really enjoyed the whole plot line of this story, it kept you guessing and interested during the whole story. And the characters were unique, and very interesting as well. 

 

I really thought this book was good overall, and the only downside was the ending. 

But, I'm excited to read more now! 

Unseen by Amber Lynn Natusch

Unseen (Unborn Series) - Amber Lynn Natusch

Unseen begins not long after the first book ends. Khara is going back to the underworld to figure out what's going on. But, while doing this unleashes a chain of events that could leave to the world as she knew in total danger of a lot of things. Now, not only are people she thought as allies aren't some of her enemies seem to be closer to her now than ever before.

This one sadly wasn't as good as the first book, but it was still very interesting. I liked how Khara changed a lot in this one, and I really enjoyed the brothers as well.

There were a few things that bugged me this one, like how Khara seemed fooled by so many, yet at the same time she isn't. It's very strange, but that's the way it kind of was. I do look forward to reading more because this one left things way up in the air as to which direction the book is going to go next.

Unborn by Amber Lynn Natusch

Unborn - Amber Lynn Natusch

Khara has lived in the underworld all of her life, she understands it, and it's the only thing she's ever known. But, when she's taken from there and placed on Earth things change for her drastically!  She's now living with a group of men that are her brothers that she never knew about, and as she continues to get to know them she starts to learn a lot of things about herself, and what her future will hold. 

 

This book was very good! It has an awesome story line that keeps you hooked from beginning till the end. It also has a wonderful heroine, and a lot of heroes as well. Her brothers were awesome, and it was great getting to learn so much about them. 

 

I look forward to reading more in this series! 

Caged (Caged #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch

Caged - Amber Lynn Natusch

Caged begins when Ruby, whose been alone most of her life, ends up having a guy keep popping up in strange places. She doesn't really know him, and she ignores all the warning signs of what it means for him to be there, that is until another man comes along who informs her of what's really going on. Now, she must choose who to believe, and why. But, she may not make the correct choice.

This book was interesting, and it started off really well. I just didn't like the way it ended, that bugged me a lot. And I was really annoyed with how Ruby started treating Sean after she thought they were getting close. It was beyond frustrating, then with Sean and that other woman drove me nuts too. I hated that part of it, and it made me question what was going on and what would happen in the next book.

I'm not sure if I will read more in this series, but I did like this one and I thought it was interesting.

 

Live Wire (Blue-Eyed Bomb #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch

Live Wire (Blue-Eyed Bomb Book 1) - Amber Lynn Natusch

Sapphira did something by accident two years ago, and now she's changed her whole self in order to protect herself, and fight off what happened and how she's afraid it will happen again. The problem with that is she's not being treated by one of the family as her brothers are, and she has a lot more issues with her father now.

But, when the plan she's on with her family crashes, it opens up a new world for her, and now she must figure out what's going on and how she can fix it.

This book was pretty interesting. I liked the overall plot line, and I enjoyed most of the parts with the heroine and the human man. I didn't like Sapphira in the beginning though. I thought she was kind of a horrible person, even if she had her reasons. And I really wanted to know more about her brothers.

I don't think I will read more in this series, but this was a nice read to pass the time with and introduce the characters.

Whiskey, Vamps, and Thieves (Southern Vampire Detective Book 1) by Selene Charles

Whiskey, Vamps, and Thieves (Southern Vampire Detective Book 1) - Selene Charles

Scarlett is a vampire detective living with a pack of werewolves. She's always secretly been in love with her "brother" who doesn't seem to notice her in that way, and she's always been grudgingly accepted among the pack. But, when things start to get crazy in the human world and people start dying she's going to help out and see what's going on. However, her old flame has come back, and her brother is acting strange and out of sorts. Then you add in the crazy alpha, and you have a world of problems. She must find the killer before it all falls apart.

This book started off really interesting, and good. But, then I felt like it shifted some and I didn't like the direction in it went in. I liked the main character, but I hated her back and forth on her feelings, and I hated how a lot of stuff wasn't explained, and the end just frustrated me. But, I know this is a series and more answers will come, I just don't think I want to read more.

It was a nice story to pass the time with, but I don't see myself getting more into the series than that.

Meet Molly by Valerie Tripp

Meet Molly: An American Girl - C.F. Payne, Valerie Tripp

Meet Molly begins with Molly and her friends wanting to have some really great Halloween costumes this year, but she may not get to be Cinderella if they can't make the costumes. Everything is being saved for the war, and Molly and her family are constantly missing their day while he's away in the war right now.

But, Molly, her family and friends all get together to bring a little fun to their life during the Halloween season.

This book wasn't as good as some of the others in this series. I had a really hard time liking Molly. I really felt like she was kind of self-centered, and mean to her brother and friends at times.

However, it did end in a nice way so that was enjoyable and I do look forward to reading more of her story.

Meet Kit An American Girl by Valerie Tripp

Meet Kit: An American Girl 1934 - Valerie Tripp

Meet Kit begins with Kit writing a newspaper every day for her dad when he comes home from work. But, when the family has some guests staying with them, and the news about Kit’s father’s job things start getting more and more complicated for Kit.

The depression is a horrible thing to live through and Kit must learn how to deal with her family changing as they try to make it through such a hard time.

Kit was an amazing little girl with a great big spirit. She was super smart, and savvy as well. I love that she loved to write newspapers, and how she wasn’t going to give up. She was constantly looking for a good story, and even when things got hard she still wanted to keep her dream.

I can’t wait to read more about Kit, she’s a great character in this story!

Meet Felicity: An American Girl

Meet Felicity: An American Girl - Luann Roberts, Valerie Tripp, Dan Andreasen
Meet Felicity begins with Felicity going to the store in town that her father owns and runs. She would rather help out in the store then have to go home and help with baking or sewing. But, that's what she must do for now. However, when she over hears that the mean man in town got a new horse she wants to take a look at it. 
 
And when she does she falls in love with the horse, but she also sees that the horse is being mistreated, and Felicity will do whatever it takes to help get the horse away from that vile man. 
 
This book was one of the BEST I've read of the American girl collection so far. I adored Felicity, she's such a strong willed, impatient, kind  little girl with a whole lot of guts as well. I also really loved the story in this one more than some of the others that I've read. 
 
Now, I can't wait to read more of Felicity's stories! 

Meet Samantha: An American Girl by Susan S. Adler

Meet Samantha: An American Girl - Susan S. Adler, Nancy Niles, Renée Graef

Meet Samantha is about a young girl living in 1904 with her Grandmary. She is being taught the "proper" way a lady should act, and while she doesn't exactly know if she agrees she must do as she's t

Meet Samantha is about a young girl living in 1904 with her Grandmary. She is being taught the "proper" way a lady should act, and while she doesn't exactly know if she agrees she must do as she's told. But, she finds a friend in the girl who comes to work next door, but this also opens up Samantha to a few things she never knew of before. She's learning a few things about the world outside of her house, and it doesn't look too pretty. 
 
I loved this book when I was a kid, and I love it now just the same. This collection of stories is so good that you can't help but be sucked into each girls story and their life. 
 
I loved how Samantha wanted to learn and wasn't afraid to help her friend when she was in need. She was a sweet little girl with a very big heart. Sometimes now days it doesn't really seem like these type of children exist any longer. 
 
Now, I can't wait to read more in this series. 

old. But, she finds a friend in the girl who comes to work next door, but this also opens up Samantha to a few things she never knew of before. She's learning a few things about the world outside of her house, and it doesn't look too pretty. I loved this book when I was a kid, and I love it now just the same. This collection of stories is so good that you can't help but be sucked into each girls story and their life. I loved how Samantha wanted to learn and wasn't afraid to help her friend when she was in need. She was a sweet little girl with a very big heart. Sometimes now days it doesn't really seem like these type of children exist any longer. Now, I can't wait to read more in this series.