WELCOME to the Small Book Blog! I am a voracious reader. I love losing myself in books and cannot wait to read myself into my next adventure. It is because of this love for books that I created this blog. I want to share my passion of books with you! I hope you enjoy my recommendations and reviews. My goal is that they will lead you to a new book, series or author, that you can fall in love with and recommend to others as well.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Lauren Blakely's Big Rock

First- you have to know what Big Rock is about:

It's not just the motion of the ocean, ladies. It's definitely the SIZE of the boat too.

And I've got both firing on all cylinders. In fact, I have ALL the right assets. Looks, brains, my own money, and a big c*&k.

You might think I'm an a*&hole. I sound like one, don’t I? I'm hot as sin, rich as heaven, smart as hell and hung like a horse.

Guess what? You haven't heard my story before. Sure, I might be a playboy, like the NY gossip rags call me. But I’m the playboy who’s actually a great guy. Which makes me one of a kind.

The only trouble is, my dad needs me to cool it for a bit. With conservative investors in town wanting to buy his flagship Fifth Avenue jewelry store, he needs me not only to zip it up, but to look the part of the committed guy. Fine. I can do this for Dad. After all, I’ve got him to thank for the family jewels. So I ask my best friend and business partner to be my fiancĂ©e for the next week. Charlotte’s up for it. She has her own reasons for saying yes to wearing this big rock.

And pretty soon all this playing pretend in public leads to no pretending whatsoever in the bedroom, because she just can’t fake the kind of toe-curling, window-shattering orgasmic cries she makes as I take her to new heights between the sheets.

But I can’t seem to fake that I might be feeling something real for her.

What the fuck have I gotten myself into with this…big rock?

Okay, doesn’t sound like something you want to run out and read unless you are curious about what else the big rock might be (which is actually really great by the way…both of them)? Reading the synopsis for this novel, seeing the amazing cover art, you would think, meah…funny cover, hot guy, total smut. I’ll try it but I have low expectations. Don’t! Read it! This is a great novel!!! It’s a romantic comedy and I want more of it. Lauren Blakely is a wordsmith who can paint her story in your head like you are watching it on the big screen. I wished I could project the story from my head to the wall while I was reading to see the characters living their life in NYC.

The characters are sweet, funny (I was laughing out loud throughout the entire book); true to themselves and the best bad liars you could hope for in this rom-com. Blakely gives the reader excellent sexual chemistry, hot foreplay and the sex- off the charts. Blakely gives the reader quality time “in the bedroom” and not just quick, “and then he stuck his p in her wet v and they climaxed together and fell asleep until round two.” I also really appreciated Blakeley took the chance to write this from the man’s, Spencer’s, point of view and it is creates the perfect tone to tell this love story. I don’t think I would have enjoyed the book as much if it was told from the POV of the female.

Big Rock is the perfect combo of romance, erotica, love story of best friends realizing the depth of their true feelings for each other and humor.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Emma Chase's Tangled

Tangled is a love story told from the man’s point of view. I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times from Drew’s insight into love, ladies, relationships, and Drew’s “helpful” tidbits he would let drop to the reader as he conversationally relates his own love story… or was it how he “got the flu?” LOL!

While Drew is a total player and hardworking professional, he is also sweet, poignant, way too confident in bed, and an amazing uncle. Emma Chase does a great job taking on the challenge of writing a steamy romance from the point of view of the guy rather than the heroine in the tale. Tangled feels like you are sitting down with Drew as he relates his unbiased, heavily detailed (yes please!), “thought provoking” romance to you. I could totally picture, as he relates the events and points out parts to watch for down the road, myself riveted in his tale and how it would end.

The synopsis for the novel is: Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? 

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything - or anyone - derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life? 

Read it! Love it! Laugh out loud at the outrageous mess Drew becomes!  

Monday, February 1, 2016

Colleen Hoover's Ugly Love

Colleen Hoover is a master at writing stories that give you hope. They are emotional, intoxicating, sexy, enriching, devastating, overflowing with love, and mysterious. Hoover creates a story that is a kind of riddle and mystery. You know there is a twist, a huge side story or past that you are just getting snippets of as you get to know the characters in today’s time. They are unique, written in a “fun” way and have a great flow as you read. As you are reading, Hoover’s characters are growing and evolving before your eyes, creating depth in their world and yours as you lose yourself in the story. I sit in angst as I’m reading the book though, knowing something is coming that will put the characters in turmoil and I don’t know for how long or the depth of it! So far I am able to handle it because, so far, Hoover’s novels all have “Jane Austen” endings and that helps me stay the path.

Ugly Love is a novel about:
                  When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

Love- Hoover does an amazing job showing us what unconditional love and love that lasts a lifetime looks like. It is the love and relationships in our life that create and mold us.  It is all versions of love in our life that are the make and the break in our life and how we handle them (or don’t handle them). Will it make you a worst case outcome or best case outcome type of person?  Can you move on with life and live again after the worst thing that could possibly happen to you happens? The good moments and the bad moments in our daily lives- would you take one to get rid of the other? Or get rid of one terrible moment knowing all the good previous to that would disappear also?

I find myself getting emotionally attached to these novels- thinking about them during the times I’m reading them and after I’m done with the story. I’m already ready to re-read this one! I want my girlfriends to read these novels also so we can gush over the men and the romance, and commiserate over the heartbreak and tangles of the story.