Reflected in You (Crossfire, #2) by Sylvia Day

** spoiler alert ** 2nd installment and I still didn’t think this book was “to die for” like some of my friends mentioned, though it IS good. Gideon revealed their dark pasts and I found it very odd for them to go to couple’s therapy so early in the relationship. This installment really plays with our heads, all the mind games, all the second guessing, it was a lot of drama! I still don’t understand the attraction…how Eva and Gideon “love” each other…I only feel that they lust after each other and it’s all physical attraction and infatuation.
This one still has a lot of hot and steamy sex scenes involved, definitely made me a little hot and bothered! The whole Eva’s brother thing was out of the blue and I liked the twist. And the cliffhanger?! My goodness, that was a clencher! Waiting for the final installment so I can get this series over with…I hate the wait!

5 stars

Alarm by Shay Savage

23516255I’m disappointed that this is Savage’s work…I expected more. Savage is usually creative and wrote books that kept me hooked and on the edge of my seat. This was neither creative nor exciting. This was bland and way too cookie cutter.

Plot line lacked everything…it wasn’t refreshing and it was predictable. From SURVIVING RAINE to TRANSCENDENCE, Savage always managed to keep me engaged and excited. This was far from it and it was as if I knew what was going to happen…it was all just a bore.

Characters lacked development. Although there is some depth, it wasn’t enough to keep me interested. Aiden’s backstory although sad, wasn’t really enough to get me to empathize with him. Cloe was bland and although I can relate to her routine life, it wasn’t enough for me to like her all that much.

Together, all of this was just bland. Bland, bland, bland.

3 stars

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

those girls by chevy stevensI really liked Stevens’ work for awhile but I’m starting to think either she is losing her touch or I’m growing tired of her.

This book was sub par and although I liked that it kept me turning the pages and had a good premise, it still fell short and flat. I couldn’t relate to the characters and I thought they were all so foolish. On top of that, the writing felt weaker and I had no connection to any of the characters.

I’ve read all of Stevens’ work so far and perhaps I read them all after one another i am growing tired of her style. It felt like each book was weaker than the previous one. I need a break and will try out other authors. Maybe by the time she releases her next book I’ll enjoy her work again.

2 stars

Sleep Tight (DCI Tom Douglas #3) by Rachel Abbott

sleep tightThis was not a good read and definitely sub par from Abbott. Her first book from the DCI series was fairly good and I thought this would be interesting. Far from it. The writing was weaker in this one and really lacked conviction. I wasn’t convinced of anything the author mentioned and I was rather bored. The plot itself is simple but there was too much redundant details that made the story drag on. The background on Tom was absolutely boring and only there to get the reader interested in reading the subsequent installments. The complex plot line felt too fabricated and the twist at the end was rather stupid and made me want to throw my e-reader across the room. Needless to say I will need a break from Abbott’s work … perhaps even permanently.

2 stars

Only the Innocent (DCI Tom Douglas, #1) by Rachel Abbott

only the innocentA very interesting read and very well written book. The book started off strong and the plot was very intricately woven. I liked the background of the book and the issues that it touched – sex trafficking and sexual abuse. there were several layers to this story and it was slowly revealed to the reader, bit by bit we learn just what kind of depraved person the victim was and how different he was in public versus private. I will say that the pace is a little slower than I would have liked and a lot of the details could have been eliminated so that the book didn’t feel as long. Though a little long and drawn out, I think that the twist at the end was worth it.

I will say that this book is completely plot driven. The character lacked some depth and weren’t all that likable. I didnt care for the main character and some of the supporting charters were expendable. I also hated the letters because it felt like the author simply wanted a way to tell those parts of the story in a different manner or didn’t know where or how to write them into the plot so she used that tactic…not a good choice. It didn’t feel smooth and it felt rather stupid. Plus the letters were drawn out and omitted all of the key details the reader wanted to know. instead the key details were revealed at the very end and felt like it was brushed over quickly.

All in all still a good book and we’ll written. I will definitely want to read up on the author’s additional works.

3 stars