Just a Few 3.5 Star Reads

Posted January 22, 2018 by Berls in Just a Few Books I Read, Review / 10 Comments

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This feature is for short reviews, reviews of books in a series where it might feel repetitive, or (as Michelle suggested) books I was too lazy to write a “real” review for. Today’s books fit the first category – short, quick reviews!

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Just a Few 3.5 Star ReadsBared to You by Sylvia Day
Published by Berkley on February 4th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Erotica
Pages: 334
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

From #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Sylvia Day comes the provocative masterstroke of abandon and obsession that redefined the meaning of desire and became a global phenomenon... "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness." "" He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I'd never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily Gideon "knew." He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each others most private wounds and desires. The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn't tear us apart "

I definitely can see why it’s been compared to 50 shades (or why 50 shades has been compare to it technically) but this is a stronger version I think. Definitely sexy. Strong characters, but frustrating ups and downs in the relationship.

3.5 stars pretty good

Just a Few 3.5 Star ReadsInto the Fury by Kat Martin
Series: ,
Published by Zebra on January 26th 2016
Pages: 354
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

A bodyguard, a bounty hunter, a P.I.—the men of Brodie Operations Security Service, Inc. are down for the job…

Sinners, whores, and sluts beware—your time is at hand: a faceless menace is threatening lingerie models on a cross country tour, and Ethan Brodie is there to defend and protect.

Ethan’s learned the hard way that beauty is no substitute for character. So even though Valentine Hart is one of the most breathtaking women he’s ever seen, he’s keeping his hands off and his eyes open. Or that’s what he tells himself.

Then one of the models is murdered, and the closer Ethan gets to the answers, the closer he finds himself to Valentine—and the hotter the pressure feels. There’s more to Val—more to the other girls—than he could have guessed. But one is keeping a secret that could kill them all.

I enjoyed the characters but felt the mystery was fairly obvious. And I thought the secondary romance was interesting but it was frustrating because it was in the book a bit too much to be secondary but not enough to be a full part of the story… If that makes any sense.

3.5 stars pretty good

Just a Few 3.5 Star ReadsCity of Light by Keri Arthur
Published by Signet on January 5th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 343
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

The first in an all-new futuristic fantasy series from Keri Arthur—the New York Times bestselling author of the Souls of Fire novels.

When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between this world and the next, they allowed entry to the Others—demons, wraiths, and death spirits who turned the shadows into their hunting grounds. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay....

As a déchet—a breed of humanoid super-soldiers almost eradicated by the war—Tiger has spent her life in hiding. But when she risks her life to save a little girl on the outskirts of Central City, she discovers that the child is one of many abducted in broad daylight by a wraith-like being—an impossibility with dangerous implications for everyone on earth.

Because if the light is no longer enough to protect them, nowhere is safe...

If I were rating this only on the second half of the book it would be a clear 5 stars for me. It was intense and captivating – but before that point, it dragged for me. The world building was just a bit too front loaded and I kind of felt Tiger had a bit too many abilities – learning all she could do weighed down the front of the book too. BUT all that paid off in the end and I can’t wait for the next book.

3.5 stars pretty good

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10 responses to “Just a Few 3.5 Star Reads

  1. I really like this review format and since I have several *cough*8*cough* books I’ve yet to write reviews for, I may borrow your format. 😉 I re-read Bared to You back in November and I loved it. I think I gave it 4 or 4.5 stars. I think it’s better written than 50 (even though I liked 50 too) and since I finished the series now, I can say it gets better. 🙂 I’ve not read either of the others although I have Arthur’s on my shelf. *sigh* Story of my life!
    I hope your week is off to a great start! Miss you!! {{{big hugs}}}

    • 8 hahaha girl, don’t even get me started. I have reviews scheduled through May on here, including weekly features like this with 3 in 1. That’s how many reviews I have to write. According to goodreads I’m at 80. So 8 is nothing 😉 I liked 50 shades as well, but agree this seemed stronger. I really need to read the rest of the series!

    • My main motivation reading Sylvia Day was that I met her and thought she was such a kind, gracious person. She had this LONG ass line and still took time to SIT and talk to each fan. Wow, right?! No one felt rushed. I haven’t read more, but plan to someday.

    • I have such a hard time removing books from my TBR. Even when they’ve sat there for like 5 years, I still can’t seem to let them go completely. Lol. I did like this book, but I haven’t read more yet… :/ idk if that helps your decision or not.

  2. I find writing reviews for every book too much work, so I don’t 🙂 But I like to read quickie reviews anyway, so thanks!
    I was interested in the Keri Arthur series, but I don’t like too much info-dumping or lazy world-building. Still, if I see this first book in the library or used book store… probably would pick it up.

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    • I would – once you get past the info dump feel some great stuff happens. I really hope to read more of the series eventually.