Book Discussion – McDowell

Hey Lovebugs,

Back with another book discussion. This book is a bit different than what I’ve been reading the last few months and there is a strong possibility for spoilers. So, if you haven’t yet read this please go do so and come back so we can talk.

Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/McDowell-William-H-Coles-ebook/dp/B0141QUHTW/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519697574&sr=1-7&keywords=mcdowell

Hardcover – https://www.amazon.com/McDowell-William-H-Coles/dp/0996190341/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1519697574&sr=1-7

Paperback – https://www.amazon.com/McDowell-William-H-Coles/dp/0996190333/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1519697574&sr=1-7

Now onto the discussion…

How did I come across this book? I signed up for this site where you write reviews for pay (Mama’s gotta make some money). I don’t mind reading books from multiple genres, so I clicked on this book when it was sent to me and boy did this book drag.

McDowell is about Hiram McDowell a very successful surgeon who does a lot of questionable things. That is was me trying to give a synopsis without spoiling it, but I see spoilers in your future.

So, the book starts out with Hiram climbing a snowy mountain. He is with a group I believe, but for sure he is with another guy. The other man is sick or injured and Hiram being a doctor stops to help him. Just kidding. Hiram finishes his climb, comes back to find the guy in the same spot and then leaves him on the mountain. Yes, that is right. He left the man on the mountain. I couldn’t believe it.

Then if that’s not bad enough, he returns home and his wife tells him that she knows that he has another woman and that she may divorce him and he’s so nonchalant about the entire thing. He doesn’t apologize. He doesn’t deny it. He’s like “okay”. I really started to dislike this man.

The beginning held my attention but after the whole thing with his wife, the story switched point of view. Suddenly we were learning about another doctor and his kids, and then a reporter in NYC. It was hard to keep up because not all of the stories meshed well together. The doctor’s story I sort of understand, because he was betrayed by Hiram and he wanted revenge. The son knocked up his stepsister and the daughter is a photographer. Okay. So, there was more to her story but honestly, it wasn’t that interesting. His other daughter’s story tied in more to his life because she was dealing with a son that she was scared of and he seemed to have mental problems. This becomes clear when her son kills people in school, his sister, shoots her and then tries to take his own life. Hiram then ends his life while he’s in the hospital and is convicted of murder.

That story was interesting and brought us back to Hiram who the entire book is about. Once Hiram escapes from prison and is on the run I wanted to fall asleep. It really started to drag and I just wanted it to be over with.

I will say that the author wrote a pretty convincing story. Several times I went online to double check that this was indeed fiction and not a biography. Outside of the few parts that intrigued me, I couldn’t really get into this story. It took about a month to finish reading and I’ve knocked out books in a day (I have no life). I just wasn’t eager to finish this other than the fact that I wanted it to be done.
Overall, I gave this book 2 stars. It just wasn’t for me.

Did you read it? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

Before you leave me, I am raising money to get my dog Samson a surgery on his tumors. Anything that you can give will be greatly appreciated. Click the link to donate https://www.gofundme.com/samsons-tumor-biopsy

Another thing, if you would like to become a patron and help me release my second book click the link. You can pledge as little as $1 http://www.patreon.com/TaQuandaCreates

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Book Discussion – Undercover – Winged Enemy MC Romance – Book One

Hey Lovebugs,

I’m back with another book discussion. As always spoilers are a possibility. So, if you haven’t read this book go do so and then come back so we can talk.

Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/Undercover-Winged-Enemy-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B00JIJDJU2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519082252&sr=1-1&keywords=undercover+winged+enemy+mc+romance

Now onto the discussion…

Right from the start, I knew what this book was going to be about. It starts out with a dream, hold on. It starts out with an erotic dream. Now, I try not to judge books by their covers but even I could admit that the cover was a dead giveaway as to what I could expect from the story. The problem that I had with this story and others like it is the fact that the author gives a little taste of an actual story but it is quickly overshadowed by the endless sex.

Leslie is an FBI agent who goes undercover with a biker gang because they are dealing in drugs. Thing is, Leslie has been fantasizing about the VP of the gang, Jed and enter the endless sex.

The story would have been how Leslie was working this case and she had become compromised and how was her relationship with Jed going to affect her ability to do her job. This was all very evident in the story, but because this was a novella it was super short and there was no build up. Everything kind of happened at a fast pace. Leslie meets Jed, Leslie sleeps with Jed. Leslie falls in love with Jed. Danger. Leslie’s cover is almost blown. Jed believes Leslie. Leslie’s cover is blown. Danger.

I wanted more of a build up. I wanted to really sink into the story but there was no time for that, so I was left wanting more. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m going to get that more from the second book so I will not be reading it.

Did you read it? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

Follow me on Wattpad to read previews of my projects @TaQuandaTaylor.

The next book up for discussion is…

Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/McDowell-William-H-Coles-ebook/dp/B0141QUHTW/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519697574&sr=1-7&keywords=mcdowell

Hardcover – https://www.amazon.com/McDowell-William-H-Coles/dp/0996190341/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1519697574&sr=1-7

Paperback – https://www.amazon.com/McDowell-William-H-Coles/dp/0996190333/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1519697574&sr=1-7

Before you leave me, I am raising money to get my dog Samson a surgery on his tumors. Anything that you can give will be greatly appreciated. Click the link to donate https://www.gofundme.com/samsons-tumor-biopsy

Another thing, if you would like to become a patron and help me release my second book click the link. You can pledge as little as $1 http://www.patreon.com/TaQuandaCreates

Book Discussion – Anything You Want – River Jewel Resort – Book One

Hey Lovebugs,

I’m back with another book discussion. Remember, spoilers are a possibility. So, if you haven’t read this book please go do so and then come back so we can talk about it.

Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/Anything-You-Want-Resort-Romance-ebook/dp/B00NDG8YXS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1518502795&sr=1-1&keywords=anything+you+want+madison

Paperback – https://www.amazon.com/Anything-Want-River-Jewel-Resort/dp/1502380013/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1518502795&sr=1-1

Now onto the discussion…

So, this may be a short post because I don’t really have much to say about this book. I read this weeks ago but never got around to posting my thoughts so let’s see if I can remember.

Sydney is a married woman in her late thirties I believe. It’s quite possible that she is in her thirties. She is mostly a stay at home wife who is in love with her very wealthy husband. One day she decides to take a picnic to her husband’s office to surprise him and instead she ends up with a surprise. Her husband banging his accountant on his desk. She is devastated and leaves. Sydney rents out an apartment and stays there for a while. Her husband calls her constantly to apologize and beg her to come back. He tries to put an end to the divorce that she had filed for.
One day she decides to go hear him out and stops by their massive home. He doesn’t answer as she calls out his name. She searches the house for him and finds him in their bedroom… banging his accountant. (lol…sorry not funny). She doesn’t say a word (because he doesn’t see her) and leaves the house, not before leaving her key, ring and the signed divorce papers. Sydney then decides to go to this resort to get away and relax and it turns out the resort is all about fulfilling sexual fantasies.

This book was basically all about having your sexual fantasies fulfilled. That’s it. There is no romance (it’s implied) and outside of the story about Sydney and her husband, no real story. It’s an erotica for crying out loud. Can’t really expect too much from it. If memory serves me right, this was a novella, so it was a pretty short read. A woman goes to a resort and has her number one fantasy made real. It’s labeled as a romance, but being a romance girl there is no way that I could call this book one. Maybe if it was longer and after Sydney left the resort she just had to return to be with Mark because they were madly in love (ew).

I’m not sure if I would want her to be with Mark. Call me a prude but Mark works at the resort day in and day out. How do we know that he is not more hands-on with fulfilling other fantasies? I don’t even think it was mentioned that he used a condom (yikes). Plus, does anyone really like insta-romances? That’s exactly what this would have turned into.

I gave this book two stars. I wouldn’t read it again and I have zero interest in reading book two (unless it was free).

What did you guys think? Leave me a comment and let me know.

The next book up for discussion is…

Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/Undercover-Winged-Enemy-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B00JIJDJU2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519082252&sr=1-1&keywords=undercover+winged+enemy+mc+romance

Before you leave me, I am raising money to get my dog Samson a surgery on his tumors. Anything that you can give will be greatly appreciated. Click the link to donate https://www.gofundme.com/samsons-tumor-biopsy

Another thing, if you would like to become a patron and help me release my second book click the link. You can pledge as little as $1 http://www.patreon.com/TaQuandaCreates

Book Discussion – All About You – Love & Hate Series – Book One

Hey Tay-Bugs,

Mama’s back with another discussion post. As always please be sure to read this book before proceeding with this post if you do not want the story spoiled for you.

Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IVLLKB8/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

Paperback – https://www.amazon.com/All-About-You-Love-Hate/dp/1519161115/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Now onto the discussion…

I did not go into this book with high expectations. I really didn’t have any expectations. As always, I refrained from reading the synopsis or focusing too much on the cover before reading. I love diving right in and learning about the story simply from reading it. Boy, this story did not disappoint.

From the first couple of pages weren’t really easy to determine what the story was about. I had to read for a while before I got it, but once I did, I couldn’t put the story down until I finished it.

There is a lot of jumping back and forth between the past and present and that really bugged me throughout the beginning of the book. It was mainly because it was clear that something traumatizing happened to the MC but the author dragged it out. It took so long before it was actually revealed and all I wanted was to learn what happened.

So, what is this story about? A young girl has just arrived at college with her best friend for the first semester of Freshman year. She runs into someone from her past and it brings up old memories that she tried to bury deep away. This boy from her past is determined to make her life a living hell until she drops out of college and moves back home.

The title is a bit suggestive and though this could have easily been a romance or an erotica, it wasn’t. Nothing against erotica, I read a lot of it, but it was a good change of pace.

The pace of the story was decent. It didn’t drag and it flowed at a steady, even pace that held my attention.

The characters were well written and the drama was plotted out very well. There was almost a sense of urgency without the story feeling entirely urgent. It was more the details of the story that made me want to keep reading so that I could get to the end and find out what happened.

It bugged me that the author waited for about a quarter of the book before revealing the event that traumatized the MC, but it was one of the things that made me what to keep reading. A lot of it was trying to figure out the characters and their motives. The main character bullied her former friend and crush and then he turned around and did the same thing to her. It was interesting to see how that came about. India meets Oliver and Bryan and although she has an attraction to Oliver she starts dating Bryan because he’s the one with the guts to approach her.

She doesn’t even have feelings for Bryan outside of friendship and he continues to try to force himself on her until he actually does. Lucky for her he then dies in a car crash right after the assault and abuse. It feels a bit weird to say that it was lucky for her, but once the author details the extent of the abuse, you almost rejoice that he’s not around to inflict that kind of pain on anyone else.

What threw me at first was how India managed to completely turn on Oliver. She was so brutal in her bullying. He was a year older than her and not one of the popular kids and she made high school miserable for him. Because the author waited so long to reveal the reason, it was confusing. She loved this boy and wanted to be with him and then she treated him like he was beneath her.

Once the abuse came out, to the readers and her best friend only, it became clear that she treated him so horribly because she blamed him for the attack on her. As if somehow if he had managed to make it home to his brothers’ party that he would have been able to stop what had happened to her.

None of that seemed unrealistic. I myself have been bullied but I’ve never suffered from any abuse. I couldn’t see myself treating someone so horribly but I could completely get how India could have. Even though Oliver was considered a geek and never stood up to his brother, I could see how she could blame him for his absence that night.

I could also see how Oliver could leave school and remake himself as the popular kid in college. He suffered a lot and he more or less turned himself into his big brother. There was this extreme hatred that he had for India and he had this need for revenge that really had me unsure of how I felt about his character. On one hand, it was obvious that India was really going through something and yet he did not let up on his torture of her. On the other hand India didn’t let up on him when she bullied him. He had lost his brother and his mother and father openly disliked him and the one girl that he loved made him a walking target for everyone at school. I wanted him to leave her alone and let her be but at the same time, I got it. I got why he wanted to pay her back.

The ending. Oh, the ending. Oliver was so brutal with that final taunt of India.
Shoot, he was brutal to me. I thought that he had actually forgiven her and then he humiliated her. It was so bad and then we got a cliffhanger.

Now, I have to read book two to find out what happens next.

Overall, I gave this book four stars and I would recommend this to others.

Sorry if I jumped all over the place. I finished this book a few weeks back but haven’t gotten around to posting about it.

Did you read it? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

The next book up for discussion is…

Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/Anything-You-Want-Resort-Romance-ebook/dp/B00NDG8YXS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1518502795&sr=1-1&keywords=anything+you+want+madison

Paperback – https://www.amazon.com/Anything-Want-River-Jewel-Resort/dp/1502380013/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1518502795&sr=1-1

Before you leave me, I am raising money to get my dog Samson a surgery on his tumors. Anything that you can give will be greatly appreciated. Click the link to donate https://www.gofundme.com/samsons-tumor-biopsy

Another thing, if you would like to become a patron and help me release my second book click the link. You can pledge as little as $1 http://www.patreon.com/TaQuandaCreates

Book Discussion – The Billionaire’s Kiss – Book One

Hey Tay-bugs,

Mama here with another book discussion. As always, if you haven’t had a chance to read the book, go do so and come back so that we can talk.

Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/Billionaires-Kiss-Book-One-Billionaire-ebook/dp/B013J509Q2/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1517251004&sr=1-7&keywords=the+billionaire%27s+kiss+olivia+thorne

Now onto the discussion…

Okay, this book did not thrill me. I actually read this like a week ago and I am still confused by the events in this book. This is a novella so it is really, really short. It is also nothing but sex. Remember how I said that I judged the last book by its name and cover? I did the same thing here and it did not disappoint.

So, a quick rundown. Eve is a computer genius. She works at a top computer company (it had something to do with monitoring accounts). She is also the only woman and the only one capable of mingling with people without geeking out so she goes to big industry parties. At a particular party, she is approached by a billionaire architect, Grant, and he takes her to a secret room where they proceed to screw (oh you read that right). He steals her phone and she uses her computer savvy to track him down and threaten him in order to get her phone back. When she shows up at work the next day, he is in her office with her phone and they proceed to screw (yup. again). He then tells her that he needs her help because someone is trying to kill him.

I have so many mixed emotions about this story. First, I wasn’t impressed because this was the pure definition os an erotica. When some people think that all women do is sit around and read porn, this is the type of book they are imagining. There was really no story there and I was slightly disappointed that I was reading it (then I remembered that I got it for free). To top it off, the writer teased us with the potential of a real story at the end and then… well, she ended it.

Someone’s trying to kill me. The end.

That is the only reason why I am slightly tempted to purchase the second book and read it. I want to know if they find out who is trying to kill him. If it wasn’t for that, the two stars I gave this story is enough to remind me to stay away.

I just don’t know what to do you guys. I love my fluff. I’m okay with the sex, but I love a story. This book had zero fluff, extra sex and a pinch of story.

What did you guys think? Let me know in the comments.

The next book up for discussion is…

Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IVLLKB8/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

Paperback – https://www.amazon.com/All-About-You-Love-Hate/dp/1519161115/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Before you leave me, I am raising money to get my dog Samson a surgery on his tumors. Anything that you can give will be greatly appreciated. Click the link to donate https://www.gofundme.com/samsons-tumor-biopsy

Another thing, if you would like to become a patron and help me release my second book click the link. You can pledge as little as $1 http://www.patreon.com/TaQuandaCreates

Book Discussion – The Billionaire Duke – Book One

Hey Tay-Bugs,

Mama here with another discussion post. Remember that if you haven’t yet read this book please go do so and then come back so we can talk.

Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BCEST0U/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

Paperback – https://www.amazon.com/Billionaire-Duke-City-Serial-Romance/dp/0692631879/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Now onto the discussion…

This was a cute book and I am patiently waiting till I am able to purchase the second book in this series and find out what happens next. As you know I never read the description before reading the book. I think it adds to the excitement of diving into the story and discovering what it is about.

So, here is a quick rundown of what I learned.

Riggins Feldhem is a self-made billionaire. He started an online clothing company with a friend after living a poor life and watching his mother struggle. He is part British and although he didn’t know his father, his family across seas knew of him. He’s had several cousins come forth asking for money and when a British litigator shows up at his office to tell him that a distant cousin has died he has been left the title of Duke, he doesn’t believe it at first.

Riggins soon learns that it is real and he can hold the title while keeping his business as long as he gets married in a month. The late Duke has already picked out his future bride and after some persuading and blackmailing from the British lawyer, she agrees to the marriage. Haley Hamilton needs the money to care for her sick adopted sister and she has always had a huge crush on Riggins.

Now onto what I loved about this book. Once again I was given a book that ended on a cliffhanger and also didn’t involve the two MC’s jumping into bed with each other at first sight. There is an immediate attraction between the two but they don’t act on it and I loved that. To be honest, although I didn’t read the book description I did read the title and after reading so many books that had similar titles I thought this was just going to be another quick erotica.

I’m cool with that but it was refreshing to learn that this is more a romance than a sex story.

Riggins is to set on finding a way out of the marriage while keeping his company intact and possibly getting rid of the estate back in England. Hayley is willing to do whatever it takes to get the money she needs to take care of her sister. Riggins offers to pay her if she helps him get out of the arranged marriage and she decides to find a way to make him fall in love with her.

I loved that I got to experience the two of them bonding and connecting. Even Riggins growing feelings for her. This is a novella so it was pretty short. Just when the story was getting interesting, it ended. That is where the cliffhanger came in because suddenly there is another woman who may be able to marry Riggins and help him keep the title of Duke. Plus, she is of royal blood and Hayley is, well poor.

What I hated about this story? The ending. It was getting so good and it pulled me in and then it ended. I really wish that it was a longer story, but I must say that the author was smart in ending it there because it made me want to get the second book and I’ve added it to my list to read.

I gave this story four stars.

What did you guys think? Let me know in the comments.

The next book up for discussion is…

Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/Billionaires-Kiss-Book-One-Billionaire-ebook/dp/B013J509Q2/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1517251004&sr=1-7&keywords=the+billionaire%27s+kiss+olivia+thorne

Before you leave me, I am raising money to get my dog Samson a surgery on his tumors. Anything that you can give will be greatly appreciated. Click the link to donate https://www.gofundme.com/samsons-tumor-biopsy

Another thing, if you would like to become a patron and help me release my second book click the link. You can pledge as little as $1 http://www.patreon.com/TaQuandaCreates

Until the next time… Love, Peace & Chicken Grease.

Book Discussion – Royal Heartbreaker – Book One

Hey Tay-Bugs,

Mama here back with another mini review and discussion. As always, if you have yet to read this book, go do so and come back so that we can talk.

Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/Royal-Heartbreaker-Ember-Casey-ebook/dp/B01HN63XV6/ref=sr_1_11?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1517012429&sr=1-11&keywords=royal+heartbreaker

Paperback – https://www.amazon.com/Leopold-Part-One-Royal-Heartbreakers/dp/1534721975/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1517012429&sr=1-11

Now onto the discussion…

This book was a pleasant surprise. It was a surprise in the sense that it seemed like it was going to be just another erotic novella, and while the series in a whole has the potential to be just that the MC’s did not immediately jump in bed in this one. There wasn’t even a little fondling. The most that they did was kiss and I loved every bit of it. It was refreshing to have a female MC who didn’t immediately drop her panties for the new gorgeous man who has entered her life. No matter how much she wanted to, and boy did she want to. He knew it too and he tried to push her to that point but her resolve held out.

You don’t get that too often and I really enjoyed it. Now if you have been following me for a while, you may be aware of the fact that I do not read the book’s description before reading the story. I think it takes the fun out of it. There is something about picking up a book and discovering what it is about simply by reading it. I know I may be in the minority with this but I’m glad that I didn’t let a description of the cover stop me from reading this story.

The author left us with a bit of a cliffhanger wondering what was going to happen to the MC’s relationship now that it was coming to an abrupt end before it has had the change to officially begin. There is also the story of what is going to happy with the clinic in South America. Elle Parker is very passionate about her work as a doctor and being able to properly help the patients that she sees, even when she doesn’t have the right resources. Leo is simply there as a punishment from his royal parents.

I’m interested in picking up the second book and learning more about this couple and finding out what is going to happen with the clinic and how it will evolve. The clinic acted as a secondary character and it seems as if the authors didn’t just use it as a backdrop to the story but that they are actually trying to develop a story with it.

I give this story three stars and I will be picking up the second book in this series because I was left wanting more.

What did you guys think? Let me know in the comments.

The next book up for discussion is…

Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BCEST0U/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

Paperback – https://www.amazon.com/Billionaire-Duke-City-Serial-Romance/dp/0692631879/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Before you leave me, I am raising money to get my dog Samson a surgery on his tumors. Anything that you can give will be greatly appreciated. Click the link to donate https://www.gofundme.com/samsons-tumor-biopsy

Another thing, if you would like to become a patron and help me release my second book click the link. You can pledge as little as $1 http://www.patreon.com/TaQuandaCreates

Until the next time… Love, Peace & Chicken Grease.