Saturday, January 30, 2016

Review: The Sword of Summer

Title : The Sword of Summer
Series : Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard #1
Author : Rick Riordan
ISBN : 9786023850204
Edition : Paperback (October 2015)
Publisher : Noura Books
Page counts : 623 pages
Language : Indonesian
Genre : Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Mythology
Average Rating : 4.28 (per January 30)
Hotness Scale : 0/5 (it's YA, guys, I didn't have any hotness here)
Read date : January 7, 2016
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Tak pantas dipilih, tak pantas mati,
seorang pahlawan yang tak sanggup diemban Valhalla.
Ke timurlah matahari bergerak, sembilan hari lagi,
dan Pedang Musim Panas membebaskan si buas dari belenggunya.

Sejak kematian ibundanya oleh serigala bermata biru, Magnus menggelandang sendirian di jalanan Boston. Dia berusaha bertahan hidup dan melarikan diri dari kejaran polisi dan para pekerja sosial. Hingga suatu hari, lelaki yang selalu ingin dia hindari memberitahunya sebuah rahasia aneh—bahwa Magnus adalah putra dewa.

Magnus sudah sering mengalami hal gila di kesehariannya. Tapi, ternyata, mitos-mitos itu nyata. Sesosok makhluk neraka muncul menyerang Magnus. Ia menginginkan Pedang Musim Panas milik Magnus yang konon bisa mempercepat kiamat Ragnarok.

Perjuangan Magnus baru saja dimulai, dan semuanya berawal dengan kematiannya.

“My name is Magnus Chase. I’m sixteen years old. This is the story of how my life went downhill after I got myself killed.” 

Most of you probably think what in the hell am I doing with Magnus Chase. Although I'm not that big of a fan for Fantasy, I did love Rick Riordan's infamous Percy Jackson and The Olympians. This book was actually a gift from a generous Santa, who was unknown because it was Secret Santa event from BBI. I'll tell you who she is at the end.

I didn't plan on reviewing this book now, I thought I'll do it tonight. My back has been killing me and my eyes are all sleepy. But obligation is an obligation and I gotta do it before I crashed. Though, to be fair, I read two versions of this book and all quotes are in English because I found the English version funnier and more crazy than Indonesian version.

“Myths are simply stories about truths we've forgotten.” 

So, Magnus Chase is dead. Now, actually. Before, he was a homeless kid because his mom was killed by wolves and he doesn't want to live with the system. But who his father is also brings him into the world of Asgardians, the world he doesn't know exists until after he's brought to Valhalla by Samirah al-Abbas, a Valkyrie. Now Magnus has a mission, find The Sword of Summer he previously found but lost when he got dead, and stop Fenris the Wolf before The Wolf escapes his prison Lyngvi and starts Ragnarok, the big Doomsday.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cover Reveal: RoomHate by Penelope Ward

(A standalone)

A Contemporary Romance novel
New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author 
Penelope Ward 

Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, r.b.a designs

Review: Defenseless

Title : Defenseless
Series : The Salvation Series #5 (can be read as stand alone)
Author : Corinne Michaels
Edition : Kindle (January 19, 2016)
Publisher : BAAE Inc.
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Average Rating : 4.34 (per January 28, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Read date : January 26, 2016
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**This book can be read as a STANDALONE! **

My life is a secret.
His life is dangerous.
We’re both stubborn, calculating, and controlling.
Mark Dixon doesn’t know what he’s getting into. He doesn’t know his games could cost us our lives. I have to do what is necessary to keep us alive, and that means guarding my heart.
But I know I’m defenseless against him, and in the end, he’ll force me to surrender.

I really didn't mean to read it for too long. Six days is a bit long when I think of it, because I got sidetracked. One of my biggest regrets is that I didn't get to read the ARC when it was available *sigh* That will teach me to check on my emails more carefully. But hey, I did the Book Tour too! Click here if you wanna see.

He's funny, sexy as hell, but more than that, he makes me feel alive---something I haven't felt a lot since I lost my father.

Anyway, I read nothing but praises. According to Goodreads, 96% of readers like this book. I can totally see the appeal, because I was hooked and I fell in love more and more with this book as I read about Charlie and Mark.

Charlie's life has always been about the Agency, as her father was one before her. She's a good agent, and smart. She doesn't exactly know why she's so hung up on Mark Dixon, a former Navy SEAL, that she met the year before while she was working undercover. Sure, he's so sexy and hunky. And now, because things get really complicated, she's forced to ask for his help.

I don't think she could be unattractive if she tried.It's when she's in her hostile form that makes it impossible for me not to want her.

Cover Reval: Hard Ball by C.D. Reiss

I'm glad to say that I signed up for this book. C.D. Reiss is releasing Hard Ball, a stand-alone in Kinky Sexy Dirty series.

Now Available for Pre-order!

Keep scrolling to see the hot guy on the cover :D

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Review: Dirty Sexy Saint

Title : Dirty Sexy Saint
Series : Dirty Sexy #1
Author : Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde
ISBN13 : 9781942288664
Edition : Ebook (January 19, 2016)
Publisher : CP Publishing
Page counts : 172 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Erotica
Average Rating : 4.20 (per January 28, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Read date : January 27, 2016
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New York Times bestselling authors Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde bring you a dirty, sexy, smoking hot SERIES featuring three bad boy brothers bonded by shocking secrets and their damaged past. Sinful, addicting, and unapologetically alpha, these men are every woman’s erotic daydream ... And your ultimate dirty fantasy.

Are you ready to get Dirty Sexy with a Saint?

Clay Kincaid knows he's more a sinner than a saint. Especially when it comes to women. With a rough and damaged past that has left him jaded, he doesn't do committed relationships. But he does like sex—the hotter and harder, the better. He likes it fast and filthy, which is why he refuses to even touch someone as sweet and guileless as Samantha Jamieson. Until he discovers that she likes it just as down and dirty as he does. Let the sinning begin . . .

And no matter what happened after tonight, she knew she would always belong to this man. Heart and soul.

This is the first Carly Phillips I've read, and she worked with Erika Wilde for Dirty Sexy Saint. I expected something very erotic, but instead, I got something with the right mix of sexy and sweet.

If she wanted a sinner, well, sinning was what he did best

Dirty Sexy Saint brings us to Chicago. To Samantha Jamieson, the only daughter and heir of a highly successful investements firm. At the age of 26, she does exactly what her parents want her to do. But when her dad arranges her marriage despite of what she wants, she decides to screw with it and walks away from her parents and the world of luxury she knows.

Being cashless and literally nowhere to go, she ends up in Clay Kincaid's bar. Clay knows this girl is trouble, being she's very beautiful and looks very rich. He doesn't need a high maintenance girl. But Samantha is showing her determination to be independent, he can't help falling for her and her attitude.

I want to be very bad with you, Saint Clay.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Book Tour: Defenseless

Will you bare yourself, being defenseless against the one you love?

Meet Mark Dixon in Defenseless,  the newest contemporary romance from Corinne Michaels!

Now Available!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Book Tour: Hallowed Ground

Hi hi!
So, how's your Monday going?
Today Hallowed Ground is released. I've read an ARC of this fabulous book, and you can read my review here.
And there's a giveaway in the end.

New Military Romance! 
Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros is

Now Available!

Cover Reveal: 9 Letters

Meet Luke Crawley in Blake Austin's debut novel of loss, redemption, and ever-enduring love releases on February 24th!

Wanna see the cover? Keep on scrolling!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Review: Jacked

Title : Jacked
Series : Trent Brothers #1
Author : Tina Reber
Edition : Kindle (December 2014)
Publisher : Amazon Digital
Page counts : 563 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance, Suspense/Mystery
Average Rating : 4.13(per January 20, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Read date : January 19, 2016
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We all have skeletons in our closets.

Doctor Erin Novak was only sixteen when she was accused of a crime she didn't commit. Since that moment, she has made it her life goal to pursue emergency medicine, pouring her heart and soul into assuring another innocent life isn’t lost to the hands of the wicked.

We all have secrets we've never shared.

Detective Adam Trent has lost control of everything, starting with losing his partner to a punk with a gun and then everything else to the crushing guilt. Now a member of the elite Auto Theft Task Force in Philadelphia, it's his job to be one step ahead of the criminals stealing expensive cars in the city. Too bad the television cameras keep getting in the way of his investigation.

We all have pasts that we can never escape.

A stolen car, a tragic chase, and a traffic stop crosses the fates of these two, tying them together in ways that are unimaginable. As their love and trust grows, so do the enemies that threaten their survival, testing the strength of their commitment. Can true love endure half-truths, past pains, and secrets never meant to be shared?

Some things are just out of our control.

This book has been on my TBR for a while, and because I remembered I liked Love Unscripted, I tried reading this book. I loved the blurb, and because I'm a sucker for men in uniform (and Adam Trent is one gorgeous cop), I decided it's time for another cop.

Dr. Erin Novak has the worst night of her life. After working hours non-stop in ER, she's stopped by the cops, accused of auto theft. The misunderstanding brings back the memory of another time she was accused doing something she didn't do. Though she's annoyed with the cops, she can't help noticing the gorgeus ATTF (Aute Theft Task Force) officer. Adam Trent definitely notices the beautiful doctor, to the point of feeling possesive since day one.

I see you in everything. I hear you in every song. I feel you in places I didn't know existed.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bookish Soundtrack #5: Jet Black Heart by 5 Seconds of Summer

Hello!! This is the first Bookish Soundtrack I do in 2016. Well, this is because, again, I watched 5 Seconds of Summer's newest music video, and I was instantly in love with the song Jet Black Heart.

But now that I’m broken
Now that you know it
Caught up in a moment
Can you see inside?
Cause I’ve got a jet black heart
And there’s a hurricane underneath it
Trying to keep us apart

At the end of last year, I read Royal Savage. Here's a link for my review. I liked the characters, and you can say Royal is all screwed up and before meeting Avalon, he's deep in his grief. The song Jet Black Heart is sooo spot on with how Royal sees himself at times.

The blood in my veins
Is made up of mistakes

This is a song for tortured souls #haha
Again, 5SOS gives me another good song for Bookish Soundtrack. I just can't believe how perfectly the song fits the book.

Don't forget to watch the video, people!
It's very touching, and well, I got to fall in love with Luke Hemmings all over again.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Review: Sebring

Title : Sebring
Series : Unfinished Hero #5
Author : Kristen Ashley
ASIN : B0182LT4L4
Edition : Kindle (January 11, 2016)
Publisher : Amazon Digital
Page counts : 446 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Crimes, Contemporary, Romance, Erotica
Average Rating : 4.42 (per January 16, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 4/5
Read date : January 15, 2016
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Also Check : Creed (book 2)

Nick Sebring has issues. Born feeling like an outsider in his own family, growing up under the shadow of a brother who could do anything, Nick isn’t that great of a guy. But when this culminates with Nick lashing out to hurt his brother through the woman he loves, Nick turns inward and makes some decisions about the man he intends to be.

And as he does this, he falls in love and truly learns the man that he’s grown to be.

When his love is murdered right before Nick’s eyes, Nick knows he has to avenge her. He knows how he’s going to avenge her. And he has no qualms using Olivia Shade to exact that vengeance.

Olivia Shade has grown up on the outside of her family too. Her problem is that they don’t want her outside. They want her all the way in, right under their thumbs. She pays the price for seeking escape and learns her lesson—she’ll never see a dawn where she wakes up free.

Then she meets Nick Sebring, and even as she fights it, the hope that died years ago starts to blossom. She can find love. She can have a man of her own. She can be happy. She can be free.

Olivia hopes while Nick schemes.

However, as Nick peels back the layers of all that is Olivia Shade, he finds something surprising. He understands its fragility. He falls in love with its beauty. He seeks to protect it.

But he forgets to protect his Livvie from one thing: Nick Sebring

I gotta admit, I didn't get around reviewing Knight, Raid, and Deacon. Though, for the last year, I've been an addict for KA's badass heroes (say, like, the whole Dream Man guys, and then Joker-High, scattering in The 'Burg series). I love the other four unfinished heroes. That said, I couldn't wait to read this book, because, HELLO! This is Knight Sebring jackass brother, Nick Sebring. A guy who screwed around, treated his brother poorly, a wildcard in the whole series (and another series that overlapping). Of course I HAVE to know what's gonna happen with that ass.

So, if any of you have read Knight, you know what kind of craps he pulled, just for the hell of it. Nick was mentioned in several of KA's latest books, being that her four series: Dream Man, Chaos, Rock Chick, and Unfinished Hero, all are overlapping each other, that characters are appearing left and right, because they are Denver's elites. They share the same world.

He had the power to save her from one ugly thing that infected her life. And he was going to save her from that. He was going to save her from Nick Sebring.

It's been actually 8 years since Knight. Nick cleaned up, after an undercover mission gone wrong and he lost the woman he actually loved. He stays around, being a good guy to his nieces (Kat and Kasha, Knight's daughters), and does everything he could not to fuck it up again. But still he has a vengeance mission: bring his love's murderer to his knees. Too bad he has to use Olivia Shade as part of his plans. Being tangled up in all that is Olivia is definitely not on his agenda. But he can't help himself.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Review: Get Off On The Pain

Title : Get Off On The Pain
Series : Pain #1
Author : Victoria Ashley
Edition : Kindle (February 2015)
Page counts : 239 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.11 (per January 15)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Read date : January 4, 2016
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Sexy, tattooed and inevitably dangerous. Memphis is all that and more…

I live for the pain; it’s what drives me to keep moving. But there comes a time when one has to push the demons aside in order to survive.

I thought I buried them deep. I thought I was ready to finally live. Until… my brother, Alex; he throws me into the fire—right into the place I could never control myself, the one place I never want to be again.

When I put my hands on people, they get hurt. Things happen that bring me back to that night. The one that will forever torment me.

I’m doing fine, keeping to myself in order to ensure no one gets hurt by me. Then along comes Lyric, and all I want to do is touch her, to put my hands in places that I know will only lead to her being crushed by me.

She’s the rush that I crave. The darkest of poison running through my veins, killing me bit by bit; like a drug I can’t get enough of even though I’m almost down to my last breath.

And being around her only hurts more, but what she doesn’t understand is that I welcome the pain; I get off on it, which in the end leaves me with the hardest decision of my life—one that might get us all killed…

After Royal Savage, I tried this book. And noticed something similar between Memphis and Royal: jail. Both just got out of prison, doing something that should've been right.

In this first installment of Pain series, Memphis Carter goes home after he's out of prison. Pissed off with the world, wanting some fights. He uses pain to distract himself, from truly destroying his life. He's broody as hell, tattooed, and rough, all of it screams 'don't f**k with me'. Not to mention he's extremely hot.

“Everyone makes mistakes. It’s not about the mistakes that you’ve made. It’s about what you do to make sure those mistakes never happen again.” 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Excerpt Reveal: Hallowed Ground

So. Here it is. An Excerpt Reveal for Rebecca Yarros's latest book in her Flight and Glory series. I've read an ARC version, and last month I've done a Cover Reveal. Hallowed Ground is the book four of this amazing Military Romance series and it's actually a sequel of Josh Walker and December Howard's love story.


Review: Hallowed Ground (ARC)

Title : Hallowed Ground
Series : Flight & Glory #4
Author : Rebecca Yarros
Edition : Kindle ARC (Expected Publication January 25, 2016)
Publisher : Entangled Embrace
Page counts : -
Language : English
Genre : New Adult, Contemporary, Military Romance
Average Rating : 4.75 (before publishing)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Read date : January 6, 2015
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Also Check : Full Measures (book #1)

There are some debts you can’t repay.

Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl’s dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he's craved since his high school hockey days. Together they have survived grief, the military, distance, and time as they’ve fought for stolen weekends between his post at Ft. Rucker and her college at Vanderbilt. Now that Josh is a medevac pilot and Ember is headed toward graduation, they’re moving on—and in—together.

Ember never wanted the Army life, but loving Josh means accepting whatever the army dictates—even when that means saying goodbye as Josh heads to Afghanistan, a country that nearly killed him once before and that took her father. But filling their last days together with love, passion, and plans for their future doesn’t temper Ember’s fear, and if there’s one thing she’s learned from her father’s death, it’s that there are some obstacles even love can’t conquer.

Flight school is over.
This is war.

*ARC Provided for Honest Review via TRSOR Promotions*
Okay, so, Holy Shit!

I was in an emotional roller coaster reading this book. Jumping to book 4 is clearly a BAD idea, since now I have to do some backward-reading to get a backstory of every couple in this book. I loved book one, Full Measures, and I fell as hard with this book.

Love like ours can stretch the entire universe.

After Full Measures, both December Howard and Josh Walker have moved on on their lives. Josh had done flight school, Ember is almost done with Vanderbilt. They are moving in together, wrapped up in each other, and overall, they are happy. But now with Josh's deployment looming in, Ember is not ready to let him go, knowing all too well what she's risking---the knocks on her door, the folded flag, and Josh in a casket. Not only Josh, Jagger (Eyes Turned Skyward), Grayson (Beyond What Is Given), and Will Carter (Josh's bestie) are going too.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Wrapping Up 2015: Lucky No. 15 Reading Challenge

This is ALL reviews I made from January 2015 to January 15, 2016. Because well, the deadline is on January 15. Though, in the end, I still couldn't fulfill all categories. Go figure.

Chunky Brick
Something New
Something Borrowed

It's Been There Forever
Freebies Time
Bargain All The Way
Favorite Color
First Initial
Super Series
Opposite Attracts

Randomly Picked
Cover Lust
Who Are You Again?
One Word Only
Dream Destination

20 Bookish Facts About Me

I read Melisa's post of 20 Bookish Facts. And then I thought, why not join?

Because I am a bookish and I'm proud of it ;)

  1. I don't read classics. Old, yeah. If it's only 10-20 years. But classics, as in from different century? I just can't
  2. I read mostly Romance, particularly contemporary romance. I don't stray far or often, because this is my comfort-zone and I like my comfy place
  3. The weirdest book I've ever read is Jostein Gaarder's Cecilia. I don't even know the title in English, but that was a book I didn't enjoy and made me a target of bullying by one of her diehard fans in Goodreads. It pretty much killed my curiousity in reading her other books
  4. I read Fifty Shades of Grey when I was 17. Pretty young to start a BDSM subgenre...even if it's a poor version of D/s relationship
  5. I read ebooks by 5:1. From 104 books I read last year, only 22 are printed books. I have three eReader apps in my tablet: Kindle, Kobo, and Moon+. My eBooks collection is reaching 2000+ titles, though I haven't read most of them
  6. I am a Roadies of The Rock Stars of Romance as of 2015. It's a book promotion agency that hosts release days, sales blitz, cover reveals, etc. So I do occasional promotions too
  7. Nalini Singh is the author that hooked me infinitely to PNR, and Roarke is my ultimate book-boyfriend
  8. I love covers with hot guys on them. The hotter, the better. Tattoos are optional
  9. I can read until 3 am when it's a particularly nice book, and I set a record of reading until 3:12 am with Kristen Ashley's Walk Through Fire
  10. Dad was the person to pass on the love of books to me
  11. My guilty-pleasure in reading Romance is Military. I just love men in uniforms
  12. I can read up to 4 books at the same time
  13. One of my favorite books in my collection is Overbite by Meg Cabot. It was a present from someone special :)
  14. I can read anywhere, everywhere. Even when it's inappropriate, because when I'm bored I tend to tease my friends mercilessly. To avoid that, I read.
  15. I have a copy of The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo's Calling, and I haven't read them yet
  16. I don't read Harry Potter, The Lord of The Rings, and Eragon, even when they are considered "must read"
  17. In Surabaya's internal BBI members, I am often called 'naughty' because of the books I choose to read, and my 'vast' knowledge of smut books. I am also being bullied when we gather XD
  18. I don't blush even when I read BDSM books, or particularly hot erotica. Recently, only a few books managed to get me hot and bothered
  19. I don't like dog-earing my books. I keep bookmarks everywhere---my bags, purses, car, pencil case, bedside table. Or use anything for a bookmark---a receipt, money, even my driving licenses
  20. I don't read Indonesian romance novels much in the last four years, because my taste leans on American's books. Or many Indonesian books, for that matter.
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So, enough about my bookish facts. What about yours?
For you, Indonesian avid readers, you can join this Giveaway, #20BookishFactsAboutMeGA, hosted by @niafajriyani (Twitter and Instagram). You can read the rules here.

I'd like to know what your bookish facts :D

Review: Radiance

Title : Radiance
Series : Wraith Kings #1
Author : Grace Draven
Edition : Kindle (January 2015)
Publisher : Grace Draven
Page counts : 297 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Magic
Average Rating : 4.19 (per January 12, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : January 12, 2016
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Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.


Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.

Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.

This is not your usual PNR. No, the guy is not a vampire. Not a werewolf either. He's Kai, a race that's older than human, and while the Kai possess same characteristics with human, they are very different from humans.

Thanks to Ren from Ren's Little Corner, I noticed this book. I was, as usual, drawn to the whole human-nonhuman concept. Okay, I can do this, I said to myself. Besides, I've been wanting to read PNR again, and this could break my funk over my not-reading PNR books, which is one of my most favorite romance subgenres.
"You find me ugly, don't you?"
"Hideous. A hag of a woman. And you? You don't think me a handsome man?"
"Had you crawled out from under my bed when I was a child, I would have bludgeoned you to death with my father's mace." 
*scratching my head* This is highly unusual for me...

To Brishen, a Kai prince, of course the human Ildiko is ugly. For Kai, human women are hideous, with strange eyes and even stranger skin. On the other hands, for humans, the Kai are strange people. They have grey skins, luminous eyes, claws instead of nails, and fangs instead of teeth. And they also do magic. To this point, I got all kind of excited. Well, mostly, because I want to know how Ildiko and Brishen overcome their different appearances and united in love *look at my language -_____-*

Review: Big Rock

Title : Big Rock
Author : Lauren Blakely
Edition : Kindle (January 6, 2016)
Publisher : Lauren Blakley Books
Page counts : 244 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.18 (per January 12, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Read date : January 11, 2016
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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&$k.
You might think I'm an as%*$le. 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 hell have I gotten myself into with this…big rock?

Are you distracted by the cover?

Or maybe the R in Rock that looks like a C?

I sure did.

First time I saw this cover, I was like, whoaaa! That's some gorgeous body. And then, is that an R or  a C? Maybe I just read one too many dirty books ;) Or maybe, that's just the designer's brilliant design in making that R looks like a C. Anyway, this piqued my interest. This is the first time I read Lauren's book, and the promise of male POV lured me in.

You don't want a tiny diamond on your finger when you can have three carats. You don't want a one-dollar bill when you can have a Benjamin. And you don't want to ride a miniature pony when you can saddle up on a rock-star c**k at the rodeo of your pleasure.

Let's start from the beginning.
Spencer Holiday is a manwhore, sure. He's a self-proclaimed playboy, though not necessarily an asshole. No, I'd rather like him as a gentleman. He runs a bar chain in Manhattan, The Lucky Spot, with his bestfriend Charlotte Rhodes. His life is going as usual, he's smart, funny as hell, and all around a good guy, actually. Yes, he might seems cocky, but look at him. He practically has it all---looks, manner, and well, a big asset and a whole lot of experiences between the sheets.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Review: Royal Savage

Title : Royal Savage
Series : Savage and Ink #1
Author : Victoria Ashley
Edition : Kindle (December 2015)
Page counts : 280 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.33 (per January 8, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5

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I CAN’T CLOSE MY EYES… I refuse to. Every time I do, all I see is blood, death, and pain. I can feel it - almost taste it, bringing me back to that night.
It doesn't matter that I'm still breathing; I no longer need it, I no longer want it. I despise it along with everything else around me.
The only thing I long for is to fucking fade away. I've given up. Until her at least…
She comes into my world, knocking me on my ass.
It turns me on to have her around me. Makes me want to wrap my hand around her tight little throat and fuck her until she feels my pain, feels the monster in me, but also makes me want to protect her from the very thing that she should be afraid of... me.
Once she sees the damage that I’m capable of; she’ll look at me like everyone else around me does: with fear.

HIS EYES... THE DARKNESS IN them draws me to him, making me want to taste him, feel him… and save him. I shouldn't have gotten on the back of his motorcycle that day. I know that now. Colton warned me. I was told it was dangerous. I was told that nothing would be the same. He was right.
ROYAL is dangerous, dark, and seductive; the very thing that keeps me hanging on, willing to give my last breath just to touch him… breathe him in.
He’s savage, inked, and highly captivating. So different from his brother…
He's hazardous to my health, mind, and body, yet the only thing that I crave. I want to free him. I want to change his mind, but I'm afraid that he’s already too faded…

This is the second book of Victoria's that I've read. I was a bit disappointed with Slade. That disappointment didn't deter me, though. With great excitement I tried this book, and I wasn't disappointed.

At Prologue, this book gripped me. Had me by the throat. I was really, really anxious to see what would happen next. Pairing with the fact that both characters intrigued me, I couldn't put this book down for the next 24 hours.

This man is going to ruin me, but I have a feeling that after tonight, nothing will be able to keep me away.

Royal Savage is in a constant state of grief by what happened a couple years back. He's given up. He's gone, f**ked up. Now Royal live his day-to-day on his own. A tattoo artist and a bar owner, now he closes off himself. He's consumed with the thoughts of revenge, to the people who destroyed his life. The tragedy that took the life of his fiancee is still haunting him, and when Avalon Knight comes barging in his life, for the first time in two years, he's feeling things.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Excerpt Reveal: Legend by Katy Evans

I've read Real by Katy Evans, one of the most amazing fighter romance I've read last year. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get book two to five. This February, Katy is releasing the sixth book of Real, Legend. This makes me excited, and now I'm going to read book 2-4.

I'm participating in this excerpt reveal today.

Meet Maverick “The Avenger” Cage in Legend, the newest stand alone in the REAL series releasing February 9th!

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

January Giveaway Blast

Jadi, karena ini adalah acara lokal Indonesia, aku memutuskan kembali menulis dalam bahasa Indonesia. So, bear with me, okay? Tenang aja, bakalan ada hadiah kok :D

Sedikit sejarah buat The Bookaddict Diaries. Januari 2012. Setelah kegalauan dalam memilih nama blog buku ini, aku memutuskan mengganti Ridyananda's World menjadi The Bookaddict Diaries, terinspirasi dari serial Meg Cabot yang beken itu: The Princess Diaries. 14 Januari 2012 adalah dimana postingan pertama The Bookaddict Diaries mengudara. Review If I Stay-nya Gayle Forman. Total, sampai saat ini, ada 200 lebih postingan berisi macam-macam yang tentu saja terkait buku! Review film adaptasi novel, ikutan kuis, review, dan sebagainya. Ada berbagai halangan dan rintangan memang, mulai dari writing slump, kesibukan kuliah, malas, dll.

14 Januari 2016, The Bookaddict Diaries akan resmi berusia empat tahun. Tahun 2015, aku melakukan beberapa perubahan kecil dalam blog ini. Salah satunya menambah meme, Bookish Soundtrack, memadukan kecintaanku membaca dan mendengarkan musik. Pada 2015, aku bergabung juga dengan The Rock Stars of Romance, dan sekarang adalah salah satu Roadies amatiran yang track record-nya masih minim ^^ Karena alasan ini juga, aku mengganti bahasa utama The Bookaddict Diaries menjadi bahasa Inggris. Semoga tahun 2016, aku masih bisa konsisten posting dan terus mengikuti perkembangan dunia literasi.

Kebetulan nih, 20 Januari adalah ulang tahunku sendiri. Jadi selain Blogoversary, aku juga berulang tahun yang ke 22 tahun ini :) Karena itulah, untuk mengucapkan syukur dan merayakannya, aku ikut teman-teman BBI yang merayakan ulang tahun di bulan Januari untuk mengadakan January Giveaway Blast. Total ada 7 blogger yang merayakan ulang tahun dan blogoversary, termasuk aku sendiri. Kalian bisa mengunjungi mereka di sini:

  1. Jenny @ The Anti-Books
  2. Meli @ Bookish-Roomie
  3. Mide @ Escapist's Book List
  4. Orin @ Orin's Bookshelf
  5. Rizky @ Ky's Book Journal
  6. Truly @ Reviewku

Monday, January 04, 2016

Personal Project: Pennies for Books

In the previous years, several of Indonesian bloggers participated in a project called Receh untuk Buku (Coins for Books). Basically, you put away every coin and count them at the end of the year. And use those coins to buy a book or two.

This year, I actually didn't plan on making this an official project, since I'm prone in using that coins to buy snacks and ice cream when I go broke -_____- When Sasti @ Legitur asked me if she could join, I thought that this is a good idea to share with my fellow book lovers. And so I updated the button before

You can participate in this. The rule is pretty simple, actually. Just collect all coins you have in 2016, put them in a jar or a bowl. Remember: Do not use them and do not count your coins until January 2017. Don't spoil your fun! Let's see how much you can get at the end of the year. And then, you can report it back to me: how much do you get, and what books do you buy with those coins.

Just comment of you're in on this simple project :D And I'm looking forward in seeing how many coins you can collect in a year!

Friday, January 01, 2016

Review: Painted Faces

Title : Painted Faces
Series : Painted Faces #1
Author : L.H. Cosway
Edition : Kindle (December 2012)
Page counts : 355 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance
Average Rating : 4.22 (per January 1, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 3/5
Read date : December 4, 2015
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Painted Faces:   
Come forth with an open mind, for an unconventional tale of love...

Dublin native Freda Wilson considers herself to be an acquired taste. She has a habit of making offensive jokes and speaking her mind too often. She doesn't have the best track record with first impressions, which is why she gets a surprise when her new neighbour Nicholas takes a shine to her.

Nicholas is darkly handsome, funny and magnetic, and Freda feels like her black and white existence is plunged into a rainbow of colour when she's around him. When he walks into a room he lights it up, with his quick wit and charisma. He is a travelling cabaret performer, but Freda doesn't know exactly what that entails until the curtains pull back on his opening night.

She is gob-smacked and entirely intrigued to see him take to the stage in drag. Later on, Nicholas asks her if she would like to become his show assistant. Excited by the idea, she jumps at the chance. Soon she finds herself immersed in a world of wigs, make-up and high heels, surrounded by pretty men and the temptation of falling for her incredibly beautiful employer.

In this story of passion and sexual discovery, Nicholas and Freda will contend with jealousy, emotional highs and lows, and the kind of love that only comes around once in a lifetime.

Just as I found Hearts series to be beautifully endearing, I was, well (to borrow the Irish term), gobsmacked. No, I didn't really read the blurb and knew Nicholas will turn out to be a straight drag queen. I tell you, I gaped when I found out. But since I'm an open-minded person and all, I powered through :V

This love story is unconventional. Well, what do you expect? The handsome drag performer, with a baker who is snarky in the outside but vulnerable on the inside? Nicholas's character is interesting, to say the least, while Freda is also a unique girl.

"We all paint on a face to show the world."

Nicholas a.k.a. Vivica Blue moved to Dublin after the darkest moment of his life, and he was surprised when the first person he's interested in is in fact a snarky, sarcastic girl next door. Freda Wilson is intriguing for Nicholas, enough to make him uses every trick on his arsenal to try and get Freda to be his friend. Though, to be honest, from the very start, Nicholas has stated that he's interested with Freda. Freda, being too cautios and wary, accepts Nicholas's offer to be his assistant for his shows. And Freda falls in love with Nicholas's performing world.

Wrapping Up 2015: Proyek Baca Buku Cetak

The second wrap up post I'm gonna write is Proyek Baca Buku Cetak or Reading Printed Books Project. Again, hosted by Ren's Little Corner. I set a target of 20 books in 2015, knowing that I'll get so enamored with my Kindle app.

And so, I was successful in reading more than 20 books! Yeeeey! Most of them, I only borrowed, because I read too many ebooks this year that my tablet crashed back in September :v There are a few I got from bargain bins in various bookstores, and quite frankly, I didn't read many Indonesian books this year.

And so, here's the list of my printed books I've read in 2015.

  1. Burn For Me (Hidden Legacy #1) - Ilona Andrews
  2. Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1) - Danielle L. Jensen
  3. I Can See You (Romantic Suspense #10) - Karen Rose
  4. The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1) - James Dashner
  5. Easy - Tammara Webber
  6. Guilty Pleasure - Christian Simamora
  7. No One Left To Tell (Romantic Suspense #13) - Karen Rose
  8. Stay With Me (Wait for You #3) - J. Lynn
  9. Hunting Lila (Lila #1) - Sarah Alderson
  10. As Seen on TV - Christian Simamora
  11. Did You Miss Me? (Romantic Suspense #14) - Karen Rose
  12. In His Keeping (Slow Burn #1) - Maya Banks
  13. Closer Than You Think (Faith Corcoran #1) - Karen Rose
  14. A Touch of Crimson (Renegade Angels #1) - Sylvia Day
  15. Archangel's Enigma (Guild Hunter #8) - Nalini Singh
  16. Hero - Samantha Young
  17. The Closer You Come (The Original Heartbreakers #1) - Gena Showalter
  18. Six of Hearts (Hearts #1) - L.H. Cosway
  19. Fair Game (The Rules #1) - Monica Murphy
  20. Hearts of Fire (Hearts #2) - L.H. Cosway
  21. Confess - Colleen Hoover
  22. Breathe (Sea Breeze #1) - Abbi Glines
  23. Red Queen (Red Queen #1) - Victoria Aveyard


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