Friday, February 27, 2015

Review: Mystery Man

Judul : Mystery Man
Seri : Dream Man #1
Author : Kristen Ashley
ISBN : 1455599174 (ISBN13: 9781455599172)
Edisi : Ebook (Desember 2012)
Penerbit : Forever
Tebal : 400 halaman
Bahasa : Inggris
Genre : Adult, Contemporary, Erotica, Romance, Suspense
Average Rating : 4.27 (per 27 Februari 2015)
Tanggal Dibaca : 27 Februari 2015
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Note : Review untuk Baca Bareng Februari: Profesi, Joglosemar Tantangan Babat Buku, Lucky No. 15: Favorite Color, 2015 Ebook RC, Erotic Romance RC, New To You: New Series

Mystery Man:   
Night time is the right time...

Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away...

Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver's lethal underground scene, Hawk's protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk's Alpha attitude in the daylight, she's not so sure he's the one anymore....



"I saw him and I knew what that big thing was because I thought right away, 'That's the man for me, that man is the perfect man for me. If I could choose any man in the world, it would be that man I would choose for me.'"
-Gwen Kidd, Ch. 08

Buku pertama Kristen Ashley yang aku baca adalah Knight (Unfinished Hero #1), dan aku ngga terlalu suka sama bukunya. But I took a leap of faith. Aku punya mixed feelings soal buku ini, karena meskipun ceritanya bagus, aku ngga yakin kalau aku suka banget sama karakter-karakternya.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: Alex

Judul : Alex
Seri : Cold Fury Hockey #1
Author : Sawyer Bennett
ISBN : 0553393006 (ISBN13: 9780553393002)
Edisi : Ebook (Oktober 2014)
Penerbit : Loveswept
Tebal : 224 halaman
Bahasa : Inggris
Genre : Adult, Contemporary, Sport, Romance
Average Rating : 4.09 (per 21 Februari 2015)
Tanggal Dibaca : 26 Januari 2015
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Note : Review untuk New Authors RC 2015: What's In A Name, Lucky No. 15: Cover Lust, 2015 Ebook RC, New To You: New Series

Alex:   
Hockey star Alexander Crossman has a reputation as a cold-hearted player on and off the rink. Pushed into the sport by an alcoholic father, Alex isn't afraid to give fans the proverbial middle finger, relishing his role as the MVP they love to hate. Management, however, isn't so amused. Now Alex has a choice: fix his public image through community service or ride the bench. But Alex refuses to be molded into the Carolina Cold Fury poster boy . . . not even by a tempting redhead with killer curves.

As a social worker, Sutton Price is accustomed to difficult people--like Alex, who's been assigned to help her create a drug-abuse awareness program for at-risk youth as part of the team's effort to clean up his image. What she doesn't expect is the arrogant smirk from his perfect lips to stir her most heated fantasies. But Sutton isn't one to cross professional boundaries--and besides, Alex doesn't do relationships . . . or does he? The more she sees behind Alex's bad-boy facade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.

"You should have seen your face, Alex," she murmurs into the phone. "After you scored that goal. It looked like the sun had just risen for you."
-Sutton Price, Ch. 13

Buku ini merupakan rekomendasi dari teman-teman PortalNovel, dan kemarin aku lagi gencar nyari buku contemporary romance. Dan terima kasih buat yang kemarin kasih rekom buku ini, this book was great!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Random: Lagu dan Buku (+ Giveaway)

Pernahkah kamu mendengar sebuah lagu dan merasa: Well, lagu ini cocok untuk cerita si 'blablabla'?

Source


Aku termasuk cewek yang hobi banget mengkoleksi lagu. For certain songs, mereka menceritakan sebuah kisah. Lagu dan buku menurutku memiliki elemen yang sama, dan buatku, sama-sama menarik untuk disimak. Ada lebih dari 2000 lagu di iTunes-ku, dikoleksi sejak aku punya komputer tahun 2009. Kadang setelah mendengarkan lirik lagunya, aku langsung kepikiran suatu buku tertentu.

Baru-baru ini aku lagi hobi mendengarkan "Cool Kids"-nya Echosmith. Memang sih, aku ngaku, aku lupa lagunya nyantol ke buku apa, tapi liriknya menceritakan cowok-cewek yang pengen jadi anak keren. Ini kan sering diceritakan pada novel-novel YA.

Review: No One's Angel

Judul : No One's Angel
Seri : Chadwell's Hearts #1
Author : Kelly Walker
ASIN : B00F01WRXC
Edisi : Kindle/Ebook (November 2013)
Penerbit : Kelly Walker (Indie)
Tebal : 392 halaman
Bahasa : Inggris
Genre : New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Average Rating : 3,86 (per 20 Februari 2015)
Tanggal Dibaca : 30 Januari 2015
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Note : Review untuk Lucky No. 15: Who Are You Again?, New Author RC: Series Addict, New To You: New Author, Ebook RC 2015, Joglosemar Challenge

No One's Angel:   
Tess used to spend more hours than she'd care to admit playing her favorite computer game, using the nickname Angel. She could pretend her life was different, and she could pretend Arion was just a friend. But a girl needs more to keep her warm at night than pixels, and she traded her virtual heaven for a real-life hell. Now she's on the run from a past she won't talk about, and the only place she has to go is the doorstep of the friend she's never actually met.

When Angel disappeared from their nightly games, it nearly destroyed Arion. He threw himself into work and women, but he can't help knowing the one-night stands will never compare to the angel who haunts his dreams. At first, when she shows up soaking wet and scared-shitless on his doorstep, he thinks his prayers have been answered.

But the more Arion tries to keep Angel close, the more her fear drives her away. If they are ever going to have a chance for a future, they'll first have to deal with the past that hasn't forgotten her any more than she's forgotten it--and Arion will have to learn how to let her go.

*No One's Angel is a New Adult (NA) Contemporary Romance about a girl learning to fight back and a boy learning how to let go. It is recommended for mature audiences only due to language and sexual content.

“I know I’m no one’s angel, because if I had wings, I’d fly away and wouldn’t stop until I eventually soared above the pain.”
-Tess Sterling, Ch. 16

Buku ini merupakan tawaran dari BookBub, dan ketika ngebaca blurb-nya, aku keinget adikku yang hobi main game online. Ide kalau dua orang yang main game online bisa sangat dekat bikin aku tertarik (dan terusik). Jadi iseng deh download buku ini. Dan sebenarnya cover yang aku pengen itu cover paperback :D But that's okay. I like this too.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Review: Better When He's Bold

Judul : Better When He's Bold
Seri : Welcome To The Point #2
Author : Jay Crownover
ISBN : 0062351923 (ISBN13: 9780062351920)
Edisi : Ebook (Februari 2015)
Penerbit : William Morrow
Tebal : 368 halaman
Bahasa : Inggris
Genre : New Adult, Contemporary, Crime, Romance
Average Rating : 4.10 (per 19 Februari 2015)
Tanggal Dibaca : 18 Februari 2015
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Baca Juga : Better When He's Bad
Note : Review untuk Lucky No. 14: Super Series, 2015 Ebook RC

Better When He's Bold:   
Some men are just better when they're bold.

Welcome to the Point . . .

In a dark and broken kingdom, a ruler has to be fearless to control the streets and the ruthless people who run them.

Race Hartman is just bold enough, just smart enough, and just lost enough to wear the crown. Places like the Point will always have bad things and bad people, but the man in control of all that badness can minimize the devastation. Race has a plan, but can he prevent total annihilation without destroying himself? Brysen Carter has always seen her best friend's brother for what he is—too pretty, too smooth, and way too dangerous to touch. Basking in Race's golden glow is very tempting, but Brysen knows she'd eventually get burned.

When she starts receiving threatening texts and someone tries to take her out in the parking lot, the only person interested in keeping her safe is the one man she can't allow herself to have.

Sometimes being bold is the only way to stay alive. But can she let Race save her life . . . if it means losing herself to him?

"If you give me some time, let me figure some things out, I can make you the queen of my broken kingdom."
-Race Hartman, Ch. 18

Jujur aja nih, aku agak ragu memulai Better When He's Bold. I love Bax, tapi aku ngga yakin aku bakalan suka sama the good guy Race Hartman, half-brother Dovie Pryce dan sahabat Shane Baxter. Tapi berhubung keingintahuanku lebih besar dari keraguannya, tebas aja deh bukunya.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Opini Februari: Karakter Tokoh Utama


Dalam membaca sebuah buku, biasanya yang kita amati ada beberapa hal. Alur cerita, plot, dan tokoh utama menjadi salah satu yang paling diperhatikan. Aku pribadi adalah tipe pembaca yang tertarik duluan pada tokoh utama yang ditawarkan.

Aku menyukai tokoh yang kuat. Ngga harus bad boy atau bad girl, ngga harus good girl atau good guy. Kombinasi sifat dan karakter pada tokoh utama sebuah buku justru makin menarik. Tokoh dengan kepribadian kuat, dominan tapi tahu kapan harus mundur (atau how to pick their battles), bukan tokoh yang mudah di bully, semua itu adalah karakter paling favoritku.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Better When He's Bad

Judul : Better When He's Bad
Seri : Welcome to The Point #1
Author : Jay Crownover
ISBN : 0062351907 (ISBN13: 9780062351906)
Edisi : Ebook (Juni 2014)
Penerbit : HarperCollins Publishers
Tebal : 384 halaman
Bahasa : Inggris
Genre : New Adult, Romance, Crime, Contemporary
Average Rating : 4.08 (per 17 Februari 2015)
Tanggal Dibaca : 9 Februari 2015
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Note : Review untuk Lucky No. 15: Super Series, New To You: New Series, 2015 Ebook RC

Better When He's Bad:   
Welcome to the Point . . .

There's a difference between a bad boy and a boy who's bad. . . . Meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn't just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he was the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn't care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there's a new player in the game, and she's much too innocent, much too soft . . . and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She's always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con the Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, awakening feelings she never thought she'd have for a guy like him. But it doesn't take Dovie long to realize . . . some boys are just better when they're bad.

“I don't know how love works, Dovie. I don't know how to be anything other than this, but I know the only thing that gives me hope is the idea of you and me. I know I'm not the ideal, not the dream guy, but no one will ever fight for you the way I will. I promise you that you will always have the best parts of me I have to give.”
-Shane Baxter, Ch. 17

Tahun 2014 kemarin aku 'kenalan' dengan Jay Crownover, yang suka bikin yummy hero bertato dan penuh dengan attitude. Meskipun serial Marked Men aku baru baca dua buku (Rule dan Jet), dua buku itu aja udah bikin aku suka sama gaya penulisan Jay Crownover. Kemudian aku dikenalkan lagi pada Shane Baxter dan The Point.

Review: Obsession in Death

Judul : Obsession In Death
Seri : In Death #40
Author : J.D. Robb
ASIN : B00Q2PN6DA
Edisi : Kindle(Februari 2015)
Penerbit : Piatkus
Tebal : 416 Halaman
Bahasa : Inggris
Genre : Thriller, Adult, Romance
Average Rating : 4.44 (per 16 Februari 2015)
Tanggal Dibaca : 14 Februari 2015
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Note : Review untuk 2015 Ebook RC, Lucky No. 15: Something New

Obsession in Death:   
A crisp winter morning in New York. In a luxury apartment, the body of a woman lies stretched out on a huge bed. On the wall above, the killer has left a message in bold black ink: FOR LIEUTENANT EVE DALLAS, WITH GREAT ADMIRATION AND UNDERSTANDING.

Eve Dallas is used to unwanted attention. Famous for her high-profile cases and her marriage to billionaire businessman Roarke, she has learned to deal with intense public scrutiny and media gossip. But now Eve has become the object of a singular and deadly obsession. She has an 'admirer', who just can't stop thinking about her. Who is convinced they have a special bond. Who is planning to kill for her - again and again...

With time against her, Eve is forced to play a delicate - and dangerous - psychological dance. Because the killer is desperate for something Eve can never provide - approval. And once that becomes clear, Eve knows her own life will be at risk - along with those she cares about the most.

"I will be her avenger."
The Killer, Prologue
"You're the target, and sooner or later the feral will turn on you"
Roarke, Ch. 4

Eve Dallas dan Roarke kembali lagi. Kali ini, pasangan ini dihadapkan pada hari-hari terakhir tahun 2060, dan Eve kembali harus menangkap seorang pembunuh yang membunuh sebagai tribute atas nama Eve.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Random: Liburan Untuk Book-Lovers

Sebenarnya hari ini aku PKL, tapi karena tugasnya nggak ada, muncul deh keisengan diri ini akibat bosan. Aku buka Google deh. Berhubung besok adalah hari terakhir PKL, itu berarti aku akan punya 2 minggu buat liburan semester. Seneng? Ngga juga sih, karena waktunya terbatas juga, hehe.

Anyway, aku dapat inspirasi dari artikel Mashable, yang memberi ide 20 spot untuk liburan bagi booklover. Artinya, selain relaksasi, kita juga bisa bawa buku buat dibaca dengan suasana yang lebih asyik. Buatku yang tinggal di Surabaya, mungkin aku butuh pergi ke tempat yang ngga jauh-jauh tapi berbeda dari biasanya. Aku memilih tiga tempat yang paling mungkin aku datangi untuk cari suasana baru.

Review: Archangel's Shadows

Judul : Archangel's Shadows
Seri : Guild Hunter #7
Author : Nalini Singh
ISBN : 0425251179 (ISBN13: 9780425251171)
Edisi : Paperback (Oktober 2014)
Penerbit : Berkley Sensation
Tebal : 386 halaman
Bahasa : Inggris
Genre : Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Vampires, Angel
Average Rating : 4.29 (per 5 Februari 2015)
Tanggal Dibaca : 29 November 2014
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Baca Juga : Semua buku Guild Hunter 1-6 :D
Note : Hutang review 2014

Archangel's Shadows:   
Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s sensual and painfully beautiful Guild Hunter world in her new novel of sacrifice, loyalty, and the choices of love that can shatter the heart.

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets.

This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.

He'd lived more than two hundred years already, and the best of them, the best of them, had been the four since she'd entered his life. The idea of going back to an existence where she wasn't there anymore? He couldn't do it anymore.
-Janvier, Ch. 25

Buku ini masuk ke dalam salah satu wishlist aku di tahun 2014, bersamaan dengan Shield of Winter, Stay With Me (J. Lynn), Festive in Death (J.D. Robb), dan Captivated by You (Sylvia Day). Pokoknya udah nggak sabaran banget deh. Meskipun aku rada kesel gara-gara Rock Addiction kemarin (nggak begitu nyaman baca genre Contemporary-nya NS sih), tapi karena udah penasaran berat sama Ashwini dan Janvier, begitu bukunya dateng langsung jingkrak-jingkrak deh.

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